In the last few years I spent my summer breaks writing all the code I couldn't write during the semester. This year it was all different. You might have guessed it already because I wrote just a single update since July. Except for the Khallenge I don't think I actually wrote any serious code. So what have I done in the mean time? I read a lot. Mainly math and economics, some history and anthropology and even one book that is vaguely related to programming (

How would you move Mount Fuji; it has some awesome riddles).

This post merely serves to prove that I'm not dead yet. I merely didn't actually do anything I could present on this website during the last months. The math books might fit in here best, so let's review them. It's not quite "Programming Stuff" but I always liked writing book reviews and I haven't reviewed anything in a while.

Over the summer I read seven math books. Well, technically I read only five because I'm not yet done with two but I'm making good progress. The titles of these books are "

**Foundations and Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics**", "

**Concepts of Modern Mathematics**", "

**The Equation that couldn't be solved**", "

**The Nothing that is**", "

**Introductory Graph Theory**", "

**Categories and Computer Science**", and "

**Basic Category Theory for Computer Scientists**". The first four books put various aspects of math in its proper historical context. That's something I always missed in school. Ergo I need to spend my free time to learn about these things. The last three books are about actual math.

For the sake of the structure of this post I'm not going to review the
books in the order I read them. Instead I'm going to review them in the
order that makes most sense. It's probably the order you
should check them out if you feel like reading them.

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