Thursday, 14 May 2009

Finding Moonshine in Paperback

Finding Moonshine appears in paperback today with a fun cover: the back is a mirror image of the front. It also includes a PS section with a portrait of the author by Roger Tagholm; top ten favourite pieces of music; a symmetry tour round the world; plus the article "Einstein Plato ...and you?" written for the Telegraph about the project to use symmetry to raise money for Common Hope, a charity in Guatemala.

Click here to buy the paperback from Amazon


Nearlydown said...

Just finished this book. It really is a very good read even for those who have a little understanding of maths. Considering I only have a GCSE I didn't find it to bewildering.

John Bibby said...

Well done Marcus. I bought "Moonshine" in paperback last week in Leeds - so if it was only published today then time must be symmetric in Yorkshire at least (if asymmetric elsewhere).

That does not mean I have read all of it (still less understood it). Your style reminds me of 'One Hundred Years of Solitude', crossing genres while combining romance, history, and fantasy. (Yes, I pinched that bit from Wikipedia.)

I have often thought that if ever I wrote my autobiography I would entitle it "Struggle of a Butterfly Mind". Does this ring bells/create resonances/or even suggest symmetries?


Kate said...

Hello, my name is Ben and I'm 11 years old. I'm a big fan of maths and I really enjoy most of the topics in it. I think it's great that you've become a famous mathematician,and I'd like to follow in your footsteps. I've told my teacher about you and she's put some information about you on the wall of our classroom.

(Note from Ben's mum - he's using my Blogger account.)

Skulthog said...

Hi, just wanted to say thanks for a great book. A lot of books in this section shy away from the details - there's that ridiculous assertion that each equation halves the audience - I'm so pleased you've bucked the trend. The detail in your book really makes it come alive. Sure, you have to think about it - but that's the whole point, right? Let's hope the new boldness is catching.

Btw, small error in the diagram on P.9 - the centre top triangle is incorrectly labelled.

Final point - the battle between Tartaglia and Cardano was excellently presented, well paced and captivating. I really loved that bit.