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Soccermatics: David Sumpter **** 5 May 2016 - If you like football and maths, you’ll love this exploration of the way mathematical modelling can help understand the beautiful game. But amazingly, it’s even interesting you can’t stand football.
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A World from Dust: Ben McFarland *** 27 Apr 2016 - A real curiosity. The author attempts to take on the story of the development of life through the eyes of chemist. Frequently doesn’t work, but a fascinating idea.
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Algorithms to Live By: Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths ***** 21 Apr 2016 Fascinating stroll through the different mathematical approaches that can help us make better decisions, whether sorting books on our shelves or deciding which house to buy.

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