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Joseph Mazur

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Joseph Mazur, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus at Marlboro College, is the author of four books. Euclid in the Rainforest was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/America Martha Albright Award. PEN reviewed it as “a stylish and seductive book that convinces the mind even as it delights the soul.” Choice called it “a treasure of human experience and intellectual excitement.” The Motion Paradox: The 2,500-Year Old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of Time and Space was published in 2008. New Scientist: “This is one of the most fascinating science books I have ever read.” Those books have been translated into a half-dozen languages. His most recent book, What’s Luck Got to Do with It? (Princeton University Press, 2010), for which he received a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency, explores the question of luck through the history, mathematics and psychology of gambling. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and the editor of the recently republished classic, Number: The Language of Science. He lives in Vermont with his wife, Jennifer.

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