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Mathematics for the Million: Lancelot Hogben *** 20 June 2017 - A unique take on mathematical education, reprinted from the 1930s.
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Mysteries of the Quantum Universe: Thibault Damour and Mathieu Burniat *** 19 June 2017 - A bravely original attempt to explore quantum physics through a TinTinish graphic novel. While it doesn't entirely work, should be celebrated for originality.
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Mass: Jim Baggott ***** 12 June 2017 - Going into more depth than most popular science titles, Mass shows how this apparent property of matter is anything but straightforward.

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