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Steven Strogatz: The Joy Of X

In The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity, mathematician Steven Strogatz provides an entertaining refresher course in math, starting with the most elementary ideas, such as counting, and finishing with mind-bending theories of infinity--including the idea that some infinities can be bigger than others.
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Preventing Silicon Valley's 'Immigrant Exodus'

A new study from the Kauffman Foundation shows that the number of immigrant entrepreneurs in the country has fallen slightly. But according to Vivek Wadhwa, an author of the study, the drop is especially steep in Silicon Valley.
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Book Review: 'The Round House'

Alan Cheuse reviews Louise Erdrich's latest novel The Round House. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University.
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Google, Publishers Reach Deal On Book Scanning Plan

There is a settlement between Google and the major publishers over Google's initiative to scan the world's books.
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Oxford Taps Crowds To Learn Words' Histories

The Oxford English Dictionary has put out a call for help. Editors hope the public will be able to fill in the blanks about many English words and phrases. For example, "Can you provide evidence of 'bellini' before 1965?" and "Did John le Carre coin the phrase: 'Come in from the cold'"?
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Google, Publishers Reach Deal On Book Scanning

The longer-running lawsuit with authors, however, is still unresolved.
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Roving Eyes, Wandering Hands In 'How You Lose Her'

Junot Diaz's electric new collection of short stories centers around Yunior, a macho yet mournful Dominican-American man. In these stories about love, lust and infidelity, a good man is hard to find — and when he is found, he's always in bed with someone else.

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