Popular Mathematics books written by Foundation mathematicians.

Popular Mathematics Books

Love & Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality (2015 Euler Book Prize)

Love and Math, by the renowned mathematician Edward Frenkel (University of California, Berkeley), the 2008 FSMP Research Chair, is an autobiographical account of a world-class mathematician as he travels from the USSR to Berkeley, while revealing a side of math we’ve never seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. Mathematics, he writes, directs the flow of the universe, lurks behind its shapes and curves, holds the reins of everything from tiny atoms to the biggest stars.

Awarded the 2015 Euler Book Prize, Love and Math tells two intertwined stories: of the wonders of mathematics and of one young man’s journey learning and living it. Having braved a discriminatory educational system to become one of the twenty-first century’s leading mathematicians, Frenkel now works on one of the biggest ideas to come out of math in the last 50 years: the Langlands Program, considered by many to be a Grand Unified Theory of mathematics.



Mathematics without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation

What do pure mathematicians do, and why do they do it? Looking beyond the conventional answers—for the sake of truth, beauty, and practical applications—this book offers an eclectic panorama of the lives and values and hopes and fears of mathematicians in the twenty-first century, assembling material from a startlingly diverse assortment of scholarly, journalistic, and pop culture sources.
The author is the mathematician Michael Harris (IMJ-PRG).

Comic book: L'équation du millénaire (the Equation of the Millenium)

Click here to read the comic book (in French) published by the Fondation Sciences Mathématiques de Paris (FSMP), where Ingrid and Gaspar recount the story of the Navier-Stokes equations and try to grasp their significance.

La maison des mathématiques

Through pictures taken at the evocative institut Henri Poincaré, you can begin to grasp the genuine portrait of a community that lives for intellectual discipline, shared inspirations, aesthetic investigation, and the pleasure of defying the mysteries of the unknown.

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L'Aventure des Nombres
Les Mathématiques mode d'emploi (in French only)

These two books for non specialists were written by the mathematician Gilles Godefroy (IMJ-PRG).

Specialised books

Compact Quantum Groups and their Representation Categories

Sergey Neshveyev published with Lars Tuset a course entitled Compact Quantum Groups and their Representation Categories.

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History of mathematics

The War of Guns and Mathematics

L'équipe Histoire des sciences mathématiques de l'IMJ-PRG a publié, sous la direction de David Aubin et Catherine Goldstein, The War of Guns and Mathematics: Mathematical Practices and Communities in France and Its Western Allies around World War I. Product of an international research project, this book traces the history of Mathematics and mathematicians during the First World War in France and in the allied countries. 


Jean-Michel Kantor tells the story of the mathematical School of Moscow

Jean-Michel Kantor is a mathematician teaching at the Université Paris Diderot, he also tries to popularise his science for non specialists. He's the autor, with Loren Graham, of Naming infinity (Au nom de l’infini, in french), a book relating the story of the mathematical school of Moscow at the beginning of the XXe century.

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"The sealed letter of soldier Vincent Doblin alias: Wolfgang Doeblin", by Marc Yor

Member of the Académie des Sciences de Paris, Professor at University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris), Marc Yor works as a researcher in the Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires (LPMA). "The sealed letter of soldier Vincent Doblin alias: Wolfgang Doeblin" was written by Marc Yor for publication in EMS.

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Comment j'ai détesté les Maths

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Math and cinema : Rite of Love and Math

Rites of Love and Math is the first movie co-directed, with Reine Graves, and acted by mathematician Edward Frenkel, the first laureate of the Foundation's Research Chair in 2008.

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