Sorting through some bookshelves last week found a few (paperback) math books I have duplicate copies of and don't need, so figured I'd give away to some lucky reader! Not terribly recent, but hey, mathematics is timeless (and in this instance, free)!! The four books are:

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**The Mathematics Of Life**" by Ian Stewart (2011)

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**Mathematics: The New Golden Age**" by Keith Devlin (1988)

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**Beyond Numeracy**" by John Allen Paulos (1991)

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**The Kingdom of Infinite Number**" by Bryan Bunch (2000)

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I've seen "Caption Contests" work well at other blogs, so will give it a try here.

Send in, via the comments, your caption(s) (limit 3 per person) for the below image, and I'll award the books to whoever's wit most moves me.

Depending how many good punchlines I get, not sure if all books will go to one person or be divided among top couple of entries (will let contest run around 3 weeks). Start your keyboards:

(the image has traveled around the Web for some years; I'd give credit, but not sure what it's origin is...?)

[and sorry, but probably only willing to ship books within US or at least N. America; though others can enter for sheer glory of possible win! ;-)]

[Sunday,

**will be the last day for entries.]**

__Dec. 15__
That's all for today, class. Next week, we'll start working on statistical tables.

ReplyDeleteWhen they said they were giving me the math chair, I thought I was going to be the new department head.

ReplyDeleteWell, so much for caption contests! :-( Maybe the book-rewards weren't very enticing, or that particular photo has been around too long, or perhaps I should've just used this photo instead for more inspiration ;-)

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In any event, I did enjoy both entries that arrived, so I'll just split the books to both of you brave souls who took time to enter… let me know which books you prefer and will try to find some equitable division.

Let me know (via email: sheckyrATgmailDOTcom) what mailing addresses you each have… looks to me like Xian is based outside the US -- do you have someone within US I can ship to???? since I wasn't intending to ship overseas...

And thanks for participating!