*Loving and Hating Mathematics* (Princeton University Press, 2010) is the child of two passionate scholars: a mathematician (Reuben Hersh) and a social scientist (Vera John-Steiner). Reuben Hersh has written for many articles for the *Intelligencer*, as well as earlier books such as *The Mathematical Experience*, coauthored with Davis and Marchisotto, and *What is Mathematics Really?*.

The present book has as its expressed aim the vanquishing of four myths:

- Mathematicians are different from other people, lacking emotional complexity.
- Mathematics is a solitary pursuit.
- Mathematics is a young man’s game.
- Mathematics is an effective filter for higher education.

More generally, the book is a tour of mathematical life in the large, carrying with it a recommendation that design issues relating to the school-level experience of mathematics should be addressed in terms of mathematics in its entirety, and in particular the joy that its practioners take in the endeavor.

An in-depth review, written by one of the present bloggers (Borwein) is available here.