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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Return to Book Page. Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos. From the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily accessible alphabetical entries. First time in paperback. Paperbackpages. Published April 7th by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Beyond Numeracyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 13, Beyodn Ling rated it really liked it Shelves: This was an interesting trip through the mathematical theory landscape.
Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man
Paulos introduces a number of fairly complex mathematical concepts with only 4 or 5 pages each. There were a few that I had not heard of. In particular, I think the applications of Russell’s paradox offer a number of intriguing applications when applied to the social sciences. He synthesizes the beyod behind the paradox into simple English that is very digestible.
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. I think what I like best is that he deals with all of the later theory.
There are tons of books to clearly articulate the njmeracy of Euler, Pythagoras and before.
But to get really good stuff on topology and probability with plenty of examples is often a bit harder to find in narrative form. I like that he approaches ebyond in a way that is digestible to the masses as math is just a language and should be able to be described as such. If I were to make one critique it would be with the flow. The chapters do not appear to connect so well. For example zeno’s paradox comes last. Fractals are in the middle. One final note, the time line of great mathematicians is great.
I generally look these up one numsracy a time, but numegacy really nice to see them in order. Mar 05, Jared Davis rated it really liked it. May 26, Anthony Faber rated it it was amazing. More fun stuff that even a non math person will probably find interesting.
Mar 24, Tom Owens rated it really liked it. For those of you who know Paulos’s work, this is a follow up book to his New York Times bestselling Innumeracy. Paulos is a mathematician who is passionate about being being “mathematically literate” and his first book covers a lot of the common misconceptions of the average layperson when it comes to mathematics. His next offering was this little number if you’ll pardon the punan “uncommon dictionary of mathematics” to quote the front page.
And it is just that, it is a journey through a whol For those of you who know Paulos’s work, this is a follow up book to his New York Times bestselling Innumeracy.
And it is just that, it is a journey through a whole host of mathematical concepts ranging from Area and Volume through Calculus, Trigonometry and Pi to more abstract concepts such as Fractals, Human Consciousness and Beylnd Solids. This is a man who loves mathematics and wants other people to love and understand mathematics too. That is never a bad thing in my book, maths is not as scary as people make it out to be.
Well, most of maths actually is frightening but the aloen stuff is fascinating, useful and not all that difficult. Anyway back to Paulos. This jlhn is a dictionary and so naturally the concepts are arranged in alphabetical order.
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 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. You might find some of the earlier concepts pass you by a bit if you aren’t from a certain school of mathematical thinking.
This is definitely not a “mathematics for dummies”, nor was it ever intended as numerscy. I have a pretty decent standard of maths as a baseline and there were some of the ideas that outfoxed me completely.
However it pajlos worth persevering with because there are some numerady sections and Paulos’s love for his subject shines through. Everyone who reads this will be a little bit better at understanding mathematics and how it interacts with and influences the world around us, which is definitely no bad thing.
I didn’t actually finish this book.
Honestly, there’s nothing really wrong with “Beyond Numeracy” per se. It’s just not for numeeracy. Having expected something similar to its predecessor “Innumeracy,” I was surprised to find that it’s actually a collection of essays on mathematical topics directed at the interested “general reader.
That said, Paulos is a decent writer, so if 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. Three stars for the nonmathematicians. Unfortunately, I spotted at least one flagrant mathematical myth: Mathematics is awesome enough without falling victim to mysticism.
Dec 02, Joe rated it it was paukos. I remember enjoying Innumeracy from Paulos, so I expected to enjoy this book as well. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get much from this collection of joun. Most of the chapters describe a mathematical concept, but they don’t go in to sufficient depth to add something for someone that is generally familiar with math, and they don’t contain enough passion or even enthusiasm to draw in jjohn that may be exposed to some of these concepts for the first time.
Overall, the collection is OK — a few topics are interesting — but for the most part, there’s not much here. This book has many, many applications for any student in any math class.
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 jphn it provides details as to why math literacy is so lalen to have! Whether a person enjoys math and numbers or not this book will be beneficial to read and enjoy! Dec 10, Fraser Kinnear rated it liked it. Not a book, but a collection of brief essays in which Paulos describes all sorts of mathematical concepts.
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. Treat it more like an encyclopedia than anything else, but I’d reach for this before wikipedia, if only because I enjoy his writing style and clarity so much.
Oct 30, Tom Schulte rated it really liked it. The small, bite-size artciles are insightful, clear and an example of what popularizing mathematics should be like; Fun to read as it was to write.
I use selected chapters in my community college lectures. The book is broken up into chapters most less than 5 pages on various topics. You can pick it up and read a chapter or two without having to worry about a plot line. It took me a couple of months to read through it as I found time.
Must read for a math person.
Oct 12, Bookworm rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is a good non-technical book about math. I read it slowly and sometimes had to reread portions to get what Paulos was trying to convey.
Reading a math book isn’t something I’d normally do, but it was a good stretch me and I truly found it interesting.
Jul 09, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences to talk about math and what it means. May 11, Jessica rated it it was ok. This book was too light for mathematicians and too boring for anyone else.
My biggest gripe was that the notation was terrible, despite the fact that there was a chapter on notation. There were a few interesting tidbits, but overall, I didn’t enjoy it too much.
Sep 23, Sfensore Sfensore rated it really liked it. 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. It humorously looks at number concepts in everyday living, thereby encouraging a more scientific way of viewing things. Sep 24, Krista rated it liked it. This book was lent to me by a co-worker. I think he thought I was 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.
That being said, I did learn some interesting things about mathematics that I didn’t know before. Sep 14, Eric Parker rated it liked it.