Today I’m announcing a pet project of mine that I think may interest some of my readers. Any new books? is a free notification service which enables you to subscribe to a series of subjects that interest you and receive weekly emails about new book releases in those categories.

These books are hand-selected, to filter out obvious duds, and include only books that appear to be promising/interesting. Naturally I have included math among the 42 available categories.

And before you ask, I’ll clear this up from the get-go. ๐ This differs from Amazon’s newsletters, because it’s far more systematic. With this service you can be in the loop when it comes to subjects you really care about. I believe Amazon’s occasional newsletters are more targeted to what you’ve recently purchased/viewed (useful, but not the same type of service).

I think this is a useful service, which by the way is absolutely free to use. Try it out.

PS: I made the same announcement on my programming blog. So if you follow both, you are going to have deja vu. ๐

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Hi Dan, you can sign up here: http://anynewbooks.com/signup/

A new subscriber to your interesting website, I comment on Wolfram’s NKS:

The computer game of Life is a discrete-time automated progression of populated and unpopulated squares, the rules of which were invented by John Conway in 1970.

Wolfram [NKS] postulates that variations of this 2-D game is the basis of life and the 3-D universe. That is a remarkable claim because:

1. a third dimension can not be created with or by a two-dimensional universe but must exist a priori, and

2. a discrete-time mathematical construction or a linear-sequential computer canโt generate or simulate the continuous-time phenomena that observably exists in reality and is exhibited by every life form.

Wolframโs opinions notwithstanding, the game of Life, even equipped with genetic algorithms, canโt be used to construct an actual third dimension, therefore canโt produce any double helix (DNA of real life). A real third dimension must be a given.