A UC Berkeley math professor, Edward Frenkel, recently wrote a book entitled “Love & Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality”. We haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it’s about Dr. Frenkel’s life as a mathematician, his experiences with anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union (he wasn’t allowed to attend the best math university in Moscow despite the fact that he was good enough at math to eventually earn a PhD at Harvard and be hired by them as a professor!), and an introduction for non-mathematicians to his area of research (the Langlands Program).
Dr. Frenkel wrote it to share with non-mathematicans the beauty of mathematics. It’s a mixture of autobiography and popular math book.
We haven’t read it yet, but it has gotten good blurbs by various famous people and so far has a 5 stars on Amazon. We’re planning to read it over winter break!
Recently Slate published an interview with him entitled “What is it like to be a mathematician?” The Times of Israel went with the titillating “Hot Berkeley prof gets his kit off for calculus” for their interview!
Dr. Frenkel is no stranger to publicity. A few years ago he wrote and acted in a short film called “Rites of Love and Math”. Here’s the trailer (but be warned that you will see more of Dr. Frenkel in one brief video than you will in a semester of calculus with Dr. Savic!):