Do you think "math = awesome" is a true statement? After reading this book, you might change your answer to a yes. With "jargon avoidance" in mind, this recreational math book gives you the lowdown on why math is fun, interesting and relevant in today's society. Intended for anyone who is curious about math and where it is circa 2010. This book is less concerned with exploring the mathematical details than it is with exploring the overall impact of various discoveries and insights, and aims to be insightful, cutting edge-y and mathematically rigorous.
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By Kristen Norine
Aug 20, 2010
As a post-college member of society I've been on a mission to expand my horizons, more specifically a quest of giving second chances (particularly to things that once made me curse the heavens) thus my reading a book about math. A friend of mine suggested it and I can honestly say that no bias in the world could have made me like math...nope, either math won me over or my heart would remain stone. (I went to an arts college that did not require math classes...one of the reasons I picked it.) Friends, this book is such a great delight that I needed to share it. It's made me think about the Universe a little differently and although I may not go out and take a Trig class it certainly challenged my long held feelings on this mysterious thing called 'math.' The book is a quick read with short (but insightful) chapters and not a hint of confusing math lingo. Not once did I feel like I was being lectured at but rather a dialogue was being created between myself and the author. I felt that... More > the author simply wanted to share his love and passion for a subject he sees being misunderstood all the time. I cannot recommend this book more...but I’ll try! It’s an amazing read and a great way to inspire those who thought they were done with math. Perhaps it will inspire someone to re-explore math but at the very least I believe it will lead to understanding and respecting math for the beautiful part of the Universe it is.< Less
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