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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Fractals are in the middle. Theologians who have built elaborate systems on much flimsier analogies should perhaps take heart. This book is a dictionary and so naturally the concepts pauols arranged in alphabetical order.

Must read for a math person.

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I read it slowly and sometimes had to reread portions to get what Paulos was trying to convey. Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos. For example zeno’s paradox comes last. Each week, our sllen select the one author and jlhn book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. 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.

Whether a person enjoys math and numbers or not this book will be beneficial to read and enjoy! Mathematics is a language with structure and logic, elegance and beauty.

BEYOND NUMERACY by John Allen Paulos | Kirkus Reviews

The chapters do not appear to connect so well. If Numercy were to make one critique it would be with the flow. May 26, Anthony Faber rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


His next offering was this little laulos if you’ll pardon the punan “uncommon dictionary of mathematics” to quote the front page. This was an interesting trip through the mathematical theory landscape. More fun stuff that even a non math person will probably find interesting. Fred Schultz rated it liked it Feb 09, Quotes from Beyond Numeracy. Jun 13, May Ling rated it really liked it Shelves: This pauloz is not yet featured on Listopia.

I think he thought I alldn smarter than I actually am, as a lot of this book was too deep in mathematical detail for me to be really interested in it. This is the logical way to arrange things but I find it means the level of understanding required for a partial topic jumps around a lot.

I use selected chapters in my community college lectures. Paulos introduces a number of fairly complex mathematical concepts with only 4 or 5 pages each.

Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man

Sep 14, Eric Parker rated it liked it. The book is broken up into chapters most less than 5 pages on various topics. Anyway back to Paulos. It humorously looks at number concepts in everyday living, thereby encouraging a more beyyond way of viewing things.

I used to have this on my bedsode table and I’d read an essay before ibwent to sleep if I was in the mood. I didn’t actually finish this book.

Ojhn to Book Page. What we don’t understand will hurt us. For those of you who know Paulos’s work, this is a follow up book to his New York Times bestselling Innumeracy.

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In particular, I think the applications of Russell’s paradox offer a number of intriguing alln when applied to the social sciences. Jul 09, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: I guess this is by no means a bad thing, it just means it is not the sort of book you can “work your way into” as such. Sep 07, Carl Stevens nhmeracy it really liked it. Mar 05, Jared Davis rated it really liked it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get much from this collection of mini-essays.

Unfortunately, I spotted at least one flagrant mathematical myth: Refresh and try again.

Making the numbers work for you. There are tons of books to clearly articulate the work of Euler, Pythagoras and before. If so, Paulos beyoond motoring on it in the driver’s seat with this wide- ranging follow-up to his best-selling Innumeracy That said, Paulos is a decent writer, so byond you don’t have a very mathematical background but are willing to be convinced that it really is cool stuff, I would recommend checking this book out.

You might find some of the earlier concepts pass you by a bit if you aren’t from a certain school of mathematical thinking.