What were the last three genre books that you purchased? Why did you purchase them? And do they feel comfortable together?
My most recent purchase of books for myself included a total of eight books, bought before summer from a giant online bookseller. Since then, I have also picked out free books at The Book Thing of Baltimore, and I have purchased books as gifts, which are not included in this list.
I shall here narrow down the list of eight lately bought books to three, all of which I have read or at least begun:
- No Teachers Left Behind, by ‘Hopeful but Frustrated Teacher’, a fictional account of middle school teaching and its daily details, both funny and frustrating. I bought this book because it was recommended on a teaching blog that I regularly read.
- Group Theory in the Bedroom, by Brian Hayes, a sequence of essays on popular mathematics (and computer science). I enjoy reading the author’s bimonthly columns in the magazine American Scientist, so when I heard he had a compilation of these mathematically-themed essays coming out, I jumped at the chance to buy it!
- Notes on Fermat’s Last Theorem, by Alf van der Poorten, a transcription and extension of lectures on Algebraic Number Theory as it relates to the history and solution of Fermat’s Last Theorem. I had set as a goal this summer to work my way through an earlier-purchased textbook on Algebraic Number Theory, with this book as an additional resource and motivation. I was drawn to this book in particular because its author has co-written articles in the past with my undergraduate thesis advisor. While I did begin to read and work through both books, my goal for the summer was not realized, so I hope to continue reading/working on Algebraic Number Theory as the school year progresses.
While these three books are not all of a type, they do span the continuum in between two of my interests: math and teaching. Notes is pure math; No Teachers is pure teaching; whereas Group Theory is at the juncture of the two, exposing interesting topics in advanced math (both pure and applied) in a way accessible to a broader audience. This is, at its core, math teaching! Since I am a math teacher, then, I think this trio of books fits together quite nicely!