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The Calculus Story: David Acheson *** 20 November 2017 - a readable step-by-step introduction to calculus from first principles.
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Foolproof: Brian Hayes ***** 19 November 2017 - a more computing-oriented equivalent of Martin Gardner's Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions. Engaging articles that will delight those with a sense of mathematical wonder.
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De/Cipher: Mark Frary **** 11 November 2017 - Manages to cram a whole load of different ciphers and how to use them into a pocket-sized hardback. With more on codebreakers and hints for cracking codes it's good fun.
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Artemis: Andy Weir **** 14 November 2017 - it was always going to be hard to follow The Martin. Andy Weir largely delivers with a moon colony thriller.
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Lost Solace: Karl Drinkwater **** 5 November 2017 - real time two handed thriller, as a renegade female soldier and an AI take on a mysterious deadly space liner and a military attack.
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The Algebraist: Ian M. Banks *** 1 November 2017 - Though sweeping in scale and with some great ideas, it's too long and distinctly drags in the middle section.
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