Mike Morgan

Don’t be fooled by the textbooklike cover of The New Mathematics of Architecture. Authors Jane Burry and Mark Burry, researchers and educators at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, take a systematic approach to the topiccovering packing and tiling, datascapes, topology, and other mathematical conceptsbut this image-rich, beautifully designed tome offers plenty of compelling, on-the-ground design to balance out the heady world of numbers and geometry. It’s not often that architects and designers share the page with such mathematical heavyweights as Euclid, Gauss, Mandelbrot, Descartes, and Voronoi. $55; Thames & Hudson