Thursday, June 3, 2010
I think I bought Perfect Figures because it's about math. In retrospect, I think I pulled it off the shelf at Daedalus because of the author. If someone is willing to be known, not just personally but also professionally as Bunny Crumpacker, well, I just have to buy the book. Crumpacker lives up to her name - Perfect Figures is a fluffy bunny of a book, the first math-related book I've ever read that would be more enjoyable accompanied by a neon-colored drink garnished with an umbrella. A little math, a little history, some folklore, and a bit of rhapsodizing over the shape of 8 makes for an enjoyable but ultimately ephemeral experience.