Providence, RI : American Mathematical Society, c1993-
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 26-28 cm.
Introduction New heights for number theory Nothing to sphere but sphere itself A mathematical twist to protein folding Finite math The mathematics of traffic jams Rewriting history It's a small, big, small, big world A celestial Pas de trois Think and grow rich Ising on the cake.
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