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163. Mehryar Mohri, Afshin Rostamizadeh and Ameet Talwalkar, Foundations of Machine Learning [6 September 2012]
162. Cristopher Moore and Stephan Mertens, The Nature of Computation [2 September 2012]
161. Peter Bühlmann and Sara van de Geer, Statistics for High-Dimensional Data: Methods, Theory and Applications [2 September 2012]
160. D. R. Cox and Christl A. Donnelly, Principles of Applied Statistics [2 September 2012]

159. Robert E. Schapire and Yoav Freund, Boosting: Foundations and Algorithms [25 June 2012]

158. Marius Iosifescu and Serban Grigorescu, Dependence with Complete Connections and Its Applications [25 March 2012]
157. Jack Knight and James Johnson, The Priority of Democracy: Political Consequences of Pragmatism [13 March 2012]

156. Jianqing Fan and Qiwei Yao, Nonlinear Time Series: Nonparametric and Parametric Method [5 February 2012]

155. Amar Bhidé, A Call for Judgment: Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy [21 January 2012]
154. Gerda Claeskens and Nils Lid Hjort, Model Selection and Model Averaging [8 January 2012]

153. David Easley and Jon Kleinberg, Networks, Crowds, and Markets: Reasoning about a Highly Connected World [8 May 2011]

152. Josiah Ober, Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens [17 December 2010]
151. Kurt Jacobs, Stochastic Processes for Physicists: Understanding Noisy Systems [15 December 2010]
150. Karl Sigmund, The Calculus of Selfishness [10 December 2010]

149. Steven Berlin Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation [21 November 2010]

148. Susan Hough, Predicting the Unpredictable: The Tumultuous Science of Earthquake Prediction [10 February 2010]

147. Justin Fox, The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street [9 October 2009]

146. Bent Jesper Christensen and Nicholas M. Kiefer, Economic Modeling and Inference [21 September 2009]
145. Halbert White, Estimation, Inference, and Specification Analysis [14 September 2009]

144. Charles F. Manski, Identification for Prediction and Decision [5 August 2009]

143. Loren R. Graham and Jean-Michel Kantor, Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity [19 July 2009]

142. Gillian Tett, Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J. P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe [15 June 2009]

141. James R. Flynn, What Is Intelligence? Beyond the Flynn Effect [27 April 2009]

140. Terence Tao, Structure and Randomness: Pages from Year One of a Mathematical Blog [14 January 2009]

  139. Andrew M. Fraser, Hidden Markov Models and Dynamical Systems [17 December 2008]

  138. Christian Gouriéroux and Alain Monfort, Simulation-Based Econometric Methods [24 November 2007]

137. Mark S. Handcock and Martina Morris, Relative Distribution Methods in the Social Sciences [10 August 2007]
136. Annie Murphy Paul, The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves [10 August 2007]

135. Bernard E. Harcourt, Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age [30 April 2007]

134. E. J. G. Pitman, Some Basic Theory for Statistical Inference [3 December 2006]

133. Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy [16 July 2006]

132. Stephen Wolfram, A New Kind of Science [21 October 2005]

131. Ray Jackendoff, Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution [8 February 2005]

130. Nino Boccara, Modeling Complex Systems [3 October 2004]

129. Herbert Lieberman, City of the Dead [21 November 2003]

128. Paul Krugman, The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century [8 September 2003]

127. A. N. Shiryaev, Essentials of Stochastic Finance: Facts, Models, Theory [5 April 2003]
126. Jack L. King, Operational Risk: Measurement and Modelling [5 April 2003]
125. Andrew Ilachinski, Cellular Automata: A Discrete Universe [5 April 2003]

124. Kirill Ilinski, Physics of Finance: Gauge Modelling in Nonequilibrium Pricing [10 June 2001]
123. Rosario N. Mantegna and H. Eugene Stanley, An Introduction to Econophysics: Correlations and Complexity in Finance [6 June 2001]

122. Joel Keizer, Statistical Thermodynamics of Nonequilibrium Processes [5 July 2000]

121. David S. Katz and Richard H. Popkin, Messianic Revolution: Radical Religious Politics to the End of the Second Millennium [28 June 2000]
120. Chris Thornton, Truth from Trash: How Learning Makes Sense [20 June 2000]

119. Wendy Kaminer, Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and the Perils of Piety [31 May 2000]
118. B. Roy Frieden, Physics from Fisher Information: A Unification [30 May 2000]

117. Barry Eichengreen, Globalizing Capital: A History of the International Monetary System [19 April 2000]

116. John H. Holland, Keith J. Holyoak, Richard E. Nisbett and Paul R. Thagard, Induction: Processes of Inference, Learning, and Discovery [5 March 2000]

115. Richard Dawkins, The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene [25 February 2000]

114. Frederic Prokosch, The Seven Who Fled [6 January 2000]
113. Jeannette Mirsky, Sir Aurel Stein: Archaeological Explorer and Annabel Walker, Aurel Stein: Pioneer of the Silk Road [5 January 2000]
112. Ian D. Lawrie, A Unified Grand Tour of Theoretical Physics [5 January 2000]

111. Marco Dorigo and Marco Colombetti, Robot Shaping: An Experiment in Behavior Engineering [17 November 1999]
110. Christopher Norris, Against Relativism: Philosophy of Science, Deconstruction and Critical Theory [15 November 1999]
109. Andy Goldsworthy, Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature [12 November 1999]
108. Leszek Kolakowski, Freedom, Fame, Lying, and Betrayal: Essays on Everyday Life [11 November 1999]
107. Bruce Sterling, Distraction [11 November 199]
106. Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland [10 November 1999]
105. Avram Davidson's Afterlife: The Avram Davidson Treasury, The Investigations of Avram Davidson, and The Boss in the Wall: A Treatise on the House Devil [10 November 1999]
104. Mary Gentle, A Secret History: The Book of Ash, #1 [9 November 1999]
103. A. C. Atkinson and A. N. Donev, Optimum Experimental Designs [6 November 1999]
102. P. J. Grady, Maximum Insecurity: A Matty Madrid Mystery
101. Paul H. Harvey and Mark D. Pagel, The Comparative Method in Evolutionary Biology [5 November 1999]
100. John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry, The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language [5 November 1999]
99. Ernst Cassirer, An Essay on Man: An Introduction to a Philosophy of Human Culture [4 November 1999]

98. M. Hassan Kakar, Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979--1982 [29 October 1999]
97. Edward Dolnick, Madness on the Couch: Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis [19 October 1999]
96. Stephen Holmes and Cass R. Sunstein, The Cost of Rights: Why Liberty Depends on Taxes [18 October 1999]
95. Gary King, A Solution to the Ecological Inference Problem: Reconstructing Individual Behavior from Aggregate Data [6 October 1999]

94. Ariel Rubinstein, Modeling Bounded Rationality [30 September 1999]
93. Thomas E. Ricks, Making the Corps [27 September 1999]
92. Ken MacLeod, The Cassini Division [25 September 1999]

91. Dana H. Ballard, An Introduction to Natural Computation [29 July 1999]
90. Daniel H. Rothman and Stéphane Zaleski, Lattice-Gas Cellular Automata: Simple Models of Complex Hydrodynamics [8 July 1999]

89. Otto Mayr, Authority, Liberty and Automatic Machinery in Early Modern Europe [30 June 1999]
88. Virginia Valian, Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women [15 June 1999]
87. William R. Everdell, The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origin of Twentieth-Century Thought [4 June 1999]

86. V. N. Vapnik, The Nature of Statistical Learning Theory [10 May 1999]
85. Michael J. Kearns and Umesh V. Vazirani, An Introduction to Computational Learning Theory [5 May 1999]
84. John H. Gillespie, Population Genetics: A Concise Guide [1 May 1999]

83. S. Robert Ramsey, The Languages of China [30 April 1999]
82. Greg Egan, Distress [29 April 1999]
81. Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Advice to a Young Investigator [26 April 1999]
80. Diane Coyle, The Weightless World: Strategies for Managing the Digital Economy [10 April 1999]
79. Wim Kayzer, "A Glorious Accident": Understanding Our Place in the Cosmic Puzzle [9 April 1999]
78. H. Peyton Young, Individual Strategy and Social Structure: An Evolutionary Theory of Institutions [6 April 1999]

77. Harald Cramér, Mathematical Methods of Statistics [30 March 1999]
76. Margaret Alic, Hypatia's Heritage: A History of Women in Science from Antiquity through the Nineteenth Century [29 March 1999]
75. Caleb Carr, The Alienist and Karen Rose Cercone, Blood Tracks [22 March 1999]
74. Harry Turtledove, Between the Rivers [22 March 1999]
73. Jeanne Cavelos, The Science of the X-Files [9 March 1999]
72. Lucy Goodison and Christine Morris (eds.), Ancient Goddesses: The Myths and the Evidence [9 March 1999]

71. Greg Bear, / [27 January 1999]
70. Susan Haack, Manifesto of a Passionate Moderate: Unfashionable Essays [26 January 1999]
69. Stephen Budiansky, Nature's Keepers: The New Science of Nature Management [25 January 1999]
68. Jorma Rissanen, Stochastic Complexity in Statistical Inquiry [25 January 1999]
67. Philip Ball, The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature [21 January 1999]

66. Philip Morrison and Kosta Tsipis, Reason Enough to Hope: America and the World of the 21st Century [30 December 1998]
65. Gary William Flake, The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation [4 December 1998]

64. Franco Moretti, Atlas of the European Novel, 1800--1900 [21 October 1998]
63. Wil McCarthy, Bloom [5 October 1998]

62. William Sargant, Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brain-Washing [30 September 1998]
61. Aaron Lynch, Thought Contagion: How Belief Spreads through Society [30 September 1998]
60. William Poundstone, Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles and the Frailty of Knowledge [18 September 1998]
59. Jonathan Spence, God's Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan [17 September 1998]
58. Deborah Mayo, Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge [11--14 September 1998]
57. Robert Serber, The Los Alamos Primer: The First Lectures on How to Build an Atomic Bomb [8 September 1998]
56. Joseph Kanon, Los Alamos [8 September 1998]
55. Dan Sperber, Explaining Culture: A Naturalistic Approach [2 September 1998]

54. Edwin Hutchins, Cognition in the Wild [25--27 August 1998]
53. David E. Stannard, Shrinking History: On Freud and the Failure of Psychohistory [24--25 August 1998]
52. J. L. Heilbron, Geometry Civilized: History, Culture, and Technique [17--19 August 1998]
51. Janet Browne, Charles Darwin: Voyaging [16--17 August 1998]
50. Stephen King, Wizard and Glass [16 August 1998]
49. Orhan Pamuk, The White Castle [16 August 1998]

48. Jill Paton Walsh, Knowledge of Angels [16 June 1998]
47. Daniel Dennett, Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds [1 June 1998]

46. John Holland, Emergence: From Chaos to Order [13 May 1998]
45. Fred Rieke, David Warland, Rob de Ruyter van Steveninck and William Bialek, Spikes: Exploring the Neural Code [12 May 1998]
44. Thráinn Eggertsson, Economic Behavior and Institutions [2 May 1998]
43. Freeman Dyson, Imagined Worlds [1 May 1998]

42. George Batchelor, The Life and Legacy of G. I. Taylor [30 April 1998]
41. Remo Badii and Antonio Politi, Complexity: Hierarchical Structures and Scaling in Physics [23 April 1998]
40. Greg Egan, Permutation City [20 April 1998]
39. Paul Krugman, Pop Internationalism [7 April 1998]

38. Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism [24 March 1998]
37. Jane Langton, Dead as a Dodo [21 March 1998]
36. E. P. Thompson, The Romantics: England in a Revolutionary Age [21 March 1998]
35. M. C. Cross and P. Hohenberg, Pattern Formation Out of Equilibrium [20 March 1998]
34. Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works [20 March 1998]
33. Benson Saler, Charles A. Ziegler, and Charles B. Moore, UFO Crash at Roswell: The Genesis of a Modern Myth [17 March 1998]
32. Felice Frankel and George M. Whitesides, On the Surface of Things: Images of the Extraordinary in Science [16 March 1998]
31. Thomas Frank and Matt Weiland (eds.), Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from The Baffler [13 March 1998]

30. Aurel Stein, On Ancient Central-Asian Tracks: Brief Narrative of Three Expeditions in Innermost Asia and Northwestern China [19 November 1997]
29. Matt Ruff, Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy [19 November 1997]
28. Bruce Sterling, Holy Fire [11 November 1997]
27. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes and Jacques Badoz, Fragile Objects: Soft Matter, Hard Science, and the Thrill of Discovery [10 November 1997]
26. Mitchel Resnick, Turtles, Termites and Traffic Jams: Explorations in Massively Parallel Microworlds [10 November 1997]
25. Martin Gardner, The Night Is Large: Collected Essays, 1938--1995 [4 June / 9 November 1997]

24. Valentino Braitenberg, Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology [12 October 1997]
23. J. B. S. Haldane, The Causes of Evolution [12 October 1997]

22. Auguste Dick, Emmy Noether, 1882--1935 [27 September 1997]

21. François Roustang, The Lacanian Delusion [11 August 1997]
20. Anne Becker, The Transmutation Notebooks: Poems in the Voices of Charles and Emma Darwin [8 August 1997]
19. Paul Teller, An Interpretive Introduction to Quantum Field Theory [11 July / 8 August 1997]
18. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Aphorisms [6 August 1997]
17. Elisabeth Nemeth and Friedrich Stadler (eds.), Encyclopedia and Utopia: The Life and Work of Otto Neurath (1882--1945) [1 August 1997]

16. Larry Gonick and Alice Outwater, The Cartoon Guide to the Environment [24 June 1996/5 May 1997]
15. George Steiner, In Bluebeard's Castle [25 June 1996 / 5 May 1997]

14. John Roemer, A Future for Socialism [11 March 1997]
13. Donald Norman, The Psychology of Everyday Things [11 March 1997]
12. David Harry Grinspoon, Venus Revealed: A New Look Below the Clouds of Our Mysterious Twin Planet [10 March 1997]

11. Paul Krugman, The Self-Organizing Economy [16 March 1996]

10. William Keller, Arm in Arm: The Political Economy of the Global Arms Trade [15 February 1996]
9. Willard Van Orman Quine, Mathematical Logic [10 February 1996]

8. Bernard Schutz, Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics [12 December 1995]

7. Three Mysteries by Edgar Box (pseud. of Gore Vidal) [July 1994 / 22 August 1995]
6. Snorri Sturluson (attrib.), Egil's Saga [July 1994 / 22 August 1995]
5. Pierre Louys, The Songs of Bilitis [July 1994 / 22 August 1995]
4. John Tyler Bonner, The Evolution of Complexity, by Means of Natural Selection [21 August 1995]
3. Fatima Mernissi, The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam [21 August 1995]
2. James Beniger, The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society [18 August 1995]

1. Wired and HotWired [2 December 1994]