Peter Tannenbaum and Robert Arnold; Prentice-Hall, 2nd Ed., 1995; $57.

This book, first published in 1992, was evidently inspired
by *For All Practical Purposes* (FAPP), and, like FAPP, is
intended for an introductory college-level course.
The title conveys its goal of providing
interesting ``trips'' through the realm of contemporary mathematics.
The style is less cluttered than FAPP, and many
find that it makes a better textbook than FAPP (which
is a better reference, however). Many high school teachers use
it as a resource for themselves, finding the reading level too high for
their students (as with FAPP).
The publisher also offers a supplement of *New
York Times* articles connected to the text topics.
The following description and comments are based on the
first (1992) edition.

- 1.
*Social Choice*: voting theory, fair division, apportionment;- 2.
*Management Science*: Eulerian tours, traveling salesman problem, minimum-cost spanning trees, scheduling;- 3.
*Growth and Symmetry*: Fibonacci numbers and sequences, population growth, transformation geometry, fractals;- 4.
*Statistics*: collecting and describing data, probability, and the normal distribution.

The following comments are taken from a review [2] by high school teacher and mathematics supervisor, Ethel Breuche LP `91, who used the book as a resource.

I feel that this text is wonderfullyrich. It is rich with examples and simple and thorough explanations. It is rich in discussion and explorations. Most of all it is rich in exercises at the end of each chapter ..., which increase in level of difficulty and creative problem solving.Some chapters are followed by an additional appendix. ... For example, in the voting theory section, the voting scheme for the nominations for the Academy Awards is described in detail. Every chapter offers references for further research and readings. The text is written with deliberate thoughtfulness with regard to racial and gender equity. ...

Whether using the book as a resource or as a classroom text, I cannot praise it enough. Although written for a college-level liberal-arts math course, [college-bound high-school] juniors and seniors whose reading ability is average or above can use this text as well.