From the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily. Review. Beyond Numeracy by bestselling author John Allen Paulos is, according to the introduction, “in part a dictionary, in part a collection of. Maybe there is a royal road to mathematics, after all. If so, Paulos is motoring on it in the driver’s seat with this wide- ranging follow-up to his.
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Jim Leftwich rated it really liked it Jul 28, This book was too light for mathematicians and too boring for anyone else. I think what I like best is that he deals with all of the lat This was an interesting trip through the mathematical theory landscape. Its interpreters can be purists who deplore finding any use for math or practical-minded thinkers who apply its tools and techniques to physics and engineering.
Bridging the two are those mathematical excursions into number theory, set theory, or non-Euclidean geometry that turn out to be models of the natural world-of the way flowers grow, quarks interact, or how the universe is shaped.
I think what I like best is that he deals with all of the later theory. Oct 12, Gnuehc Ecnerwal rated it it was amazing. You might find some of the earlier concepts pass you by a bit if you aren’t from a certain school of mathematical thinking. Refresh and try again.
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The book is broken up into chapters most less than 5 pages on various topics. This was an interesting trip through the mathematical theory landscape. Must read for a math person. It combines humor and numbers, provides relief to those who fear numbers or math, it gives insights into subjects ranging from basic math to Calculus and beyond, and finally it provides details as to why math literacy is so jhon to have!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get much from this collection of mini-essays. Jun 30, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: May 11, Jessica rated it it was ok. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Maybe you have to be a big geek like me to love it, but this book is really about numbers for the non-number-oriented person.
For example zeno’s paradox comes last. I generally look these up one at a time, but it’s really nice to see them in order. Theologians who have built elaborate systems on much flimsier analogies should perhaps take heart.
Anyway back to Paulos. However it is worth persevering with because there are some fascinating sections and Paulos’s love for his subject shines through.
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More fun stuff aleln even a non math person will probably find interesting. Mathematics is a language with structure and logic, elegance and beauty.
If so, Paulos is motoring on it in the driver’s seat with this wide- ranging follow-up to his best-selling Innumeracy The chapters do not appear to connect so well. Count Zero rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Jul 09, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 07, Barry rated it really liked it Shelves: Paulos does a great job of making mathematical principles and ideas make sense to those that don’t typically like math.
It’s just not for me. Paulos tells it all like the gifted teacher he is, combining the mathematical lore with asides on culture and personalities. Lists with This Book. He synthesizes the theory behind the paradox into simple English that is very digestible. I think numeracg thought I was smarter than I actually am, as a lot of alpen book was too deep in mathematical detail for me to be really interested in it. This is an enjoyable read and a good reference when I want a clear, not too mathy explanation for a student.
First time in paperback. This book is a dictionary beoynd so naturally the concepts are arranged in alphabetical order. His clearly stated objective is to right the wrongs that drill, formulas, and endless exercises have wrought in high-school classrooms.
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