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Math Books Booming

Books dealing in a subject usually regarded as boring, difficult and best left behind when one is finished school are booming.
Since August, seven books on mathematics have been published, including 'Looking at Mathematical Symbols', 'Mathematics Scandals' and 'Countries Survive only When Mathematics Survives'.
Notably, the 'Mathematics Flies to the World' was the top seller at Kyobo bookstore in the science section in September and October, while 'Whispering Mathematics' finished second.
'Whispering Mathematics' and 'Parrot's Theorem' placed first in August and July, respectively.
Market sources said that the revival of books on math, which had boomed from late 1980's to early 1990's, is due to publishers tying in of mathematics with other catagories like history, fiction and quizes.
So far, a total of 18 books on mathematics have been published this year.
Kang Joo-an : jooan@joongang.co.kr
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