BEYOND NUMERACY JOHN ALLEN PAULOS PDF

Vintage paper, Italian, German, Dutch, British, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese translations, Beyond Numeracy is in part a dictionary, in part a collection of short mathematical essays, and in part the ruminations of a numbers man. Its three to five page entries range from summaries of whole disciplines calculus, trigonometry, topology to biographical and historical asides Godel, Pythagoras, non- Euclidean geometry to bits of mathematical or quasi-mathematical folklore infinite sets, Platonic solids, Q. Occasionally, I include less conventional pieces - a review of a non-existent book, a stream-of-mathematical-consciousness car trip, brief discussions of humor or ethics. New areas are discussed chaos and fractals, recursion, complexity as well as more classical ones conic sections, mathematical induction, prime numbers. Paulos painstakingly presents even the most recondite ideas in concrete, easily visualizable terms. A book of the spirit should be deeply personal, so Paulos has chosen his format wisely.

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Vintage paper, Italian, German, Dutch, British, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese translations, Beyond Numeracy is in part a dictionary, in part a collection of short mathematical essays, and in part the ruminations of a numbers man.

Its three to five page entries range from summaries of whole disciplines calculus, trigonometry, topology to biographical and historical asides Godel, Pythagoras, non- Euclidean geometry to bits of mathematical or quasi-mathematical folklore infinite sets, Platonic solids, Q. Occasionally, I include less conventional pieces - a review of a non-existent book, a stream-of-mathematical-consciousness car trip, brief discussions of humor or ethics.

New areas are discussed chaos and fractals, recursion, complexity as well as more classical ones conic sections, mathematical induction, prime numbers.

Paulos painstakingly presents even the most recondite ideas in concrete, easily visualizable terms. A book of the spirit should be deeply personal, so Paulos has chosen his format wisely. Medawar compiled a sometimes cranky, sometimes brilliant survey of biology called Aristotle to Zoos in this format, and Beyond Numeracy, though not as magisterial, can hold its own as the mathematical equivalent.

If there is much to take issue with in Beyond Numeracy, there is also much to be amused and enlightened by. The lore has it that when Pythagoras discovered his great theorem on right triangles, he was so transported that he sacrificed head of oxen to the gods as a token of gratitude.

On this scale, Mr. Paulos tells it like the gifted teacher he is, combining mathematical lore with asides on culture and personalities And on and on in what one would like to see become an infinite series.

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