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**The best writing on mathematics 2018.**
*(English)*
Zbl 1405.00005

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (ISBN 978-0-691-18276-6/pbk; 978-0-691-18872-0/ebook). xvii, 250 p. (2019).

This collection of essays on mathematics contains three papers on different aspects of computation (automated reasoning, computational thinking in science, quantum computing), two on mathematics education (the six questions one should ask to become a better problem solver, the meaning of active learning), three on probability (P. Winkler [Am. Math. Mon. 124, No. 7, 579–587 (2017; Zbl 1391.60005)], A. Benjamin et al. [Math Horiz. 25, No. 1, 18–21 (2017; Zbl 1398.60017)] and J. Grime [Coll. Math. J. 48, No. 1, 2–9 (2017; Zbl 1443.97046)]), three papers on the history of mathematics (M. J. Barany [Notices Am. Math. Soc. 64, No. 4, 363–367 (2017; Zbl 1366.01015)], I. M. Serrano et al. [Math. Intell. 39, No. 4, 51–56 (2017; Zbl 1383.01002)] and a more popular version, from the online magazine The Conversation, of D. F. Mansfield and N. J. Wildberger [Hist. Math. 44, No. 4, 395–419 (2017; Zbl 1416.01002)], two papers on philosophical matters (J. Ferreirós [Math. Intell. 39, No. 2, 64–71 (2017; Zbl 1457.81007)] and R. S. D. Thomas [Philos. Math. (3) 25, 116–127 (2017)]), and a few on miscellaneous topics. From this category, one is on the difficulty mathematicians have with creative writing, a difficulty F. E. Su, the author of [Am. Math. Mon. 124, No. 6, 483–493 (2017; Zbl 1391.97013)] certainly did not have, for his paper is extraordinarily well-written, and deals with a matter of major importance for most mathematicians: why should one do mathematics, in particular if one knows that others are significantly better at it.

Reviewer: Victor V. Pambuccian (Yerevan)

### MSC:

00A09 | Popularization of mathematics |

00A30 | Philosophy of mathematics |

01A61 | History of mathematics in the 21st century |