Books for Father’s Day {Review and Giveaway}

by Jennifer Donovan

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I love giving books as gifts. Since my children and my husband along with other relatives including my father and father-in-law are readers, this goes over well (unlike the not-so-subtle motivation in buying books for our non-reading child relatives).

Father’s Day is coming up in just a week. In addition to the book that you could win today The New York Times Book of Mathematics: More Than 100 Years of Writing by the Numbers, I’d like to invite you to check out our reviews on a couple other books over at 5 Minutes for Books that would also make good gifts:

Now, on to The New York Times Book of Mathematics. I’ll be honest with you — I couldn’t get through more than a few of the essays in this very large book (over 450 pages). However, I requested a review copy, because I know of people who would LOVE this kind of book, my own CPA dad being one of them (I had to fight fellow reviewer Michelle for it, as she knew her math-teacher husband would be thrilled to explore it).

The collection of essays is varied and well written, and even relevant outside the world of math. I found one piece particularly interesting which discussed how babies much younger than one year old even had a concept of math, choosing piles of toys or candy that had more. The sections in the book include

  • What is Mathematics?
  • Statistics, Coincidences and Surprising Facts
  • Famous Problems, Solved and As Yet Undecided
  • Chaos, Catastrophe and Randomness
  • Cryptography and the Emergence of Truly Unbreakable Codes
  • Computers Enter the World of Mathematics
  • Mathematicians and Their World

This book isn’t for everyone, but for those who are math-minded, I think it would be a homerun. Is there someone in your life who might appreciate this book? A father, grandfather, or perhaps recent high school or college graduate?

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patricia Wojnar Crowley June 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm

My husband would like this!


2 Wehaf June 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm

My boyfriend and I would love this book equally.


3 Sandra K321 June 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm

My sons are both engineers and would enjoy it.


4 DEBIJOT June 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm

My son would love this.


5 Anne June 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

My son would love to have this.


6 Liz June 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

Husband. Thanks for the giveaway.


7 Cindi June 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Most definitely, my husband would enjoy
this kind of book…
Many thanks, Cindi


8 Suko June 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I think “my other 1/2″ would enjoy this book! Thank you for hosting this great giveaway! :)


9 Sindy Murray June 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm

My husband will enjoy it!


10 Lauren June 11, 2013 at 2:37 am

My husband would love the Book of Mathematics!


11 Charlene S June 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

My best friend is so good with numbers.


12 Melanie Montgomery June 13, 2013 at 10:10 am

My father will love it


13 Addison Kat June 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

My husband would like this


14 Addison Kat June 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

My husband would like this book


15 Shecky R June 14, 2013 at 10:34 am

Yes, any non-professional math-lover should enjoy this book. It’s non-technical, wide-ranging, and each essay is brief yet informative, and written by some of the best science writers around.


16 Rhian June 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

My dad was almost a math teacher but ended up being an english teacher so I think that he would like this.


17 Shari June 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Without a doubt, my father would love it. He is a numbers man through and through. :)


18 Daniel M June 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

my dad would like it


19 Brandy W. June 19, 2013 at 3:44 am

I’m the number cruncher!!


20 Kerrie Mayans June 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm

My husband would enjoy this book.


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