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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Anyway back to Paulos. Lots of math info for all you math nuts out there.
Beyond Numeracy : John Allen Paulos :
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Paulos does a great job of making numeravy principles and ideas make sense to those that don’t typically like math. To ask other readers questions about Beyond Beyodplease sign up. That being said, I did learn some interesting things about mathematics that I didn’t know before. A great book that you can just open up to any page and read.
There are tons of books to clearly articulate the work of Euler, Pythagoras and before. Apr 07, Barry rated it really liked it Shelves: First time in paperback.
I have a pretty decent standard of maths as a baseline and there were some of the ideas that outfoxed me completely. 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. His next offering was this little number if you’ll pardon the punan “uncommon dictionary of mathematics” to quote the front page.
May 01, Heather rated it really liked it. Honestly, bbeyond nothing really wrong with “Beyond Numeracy” per se.
Return to Book Page. You might find some of the earlier concepts pass you by a bit if you aren’t from a certain school of mathematical thinking. Mathematics is a pauloss with structure and logic, elegance and beauty. What we don’t understand will hurt us.
Sep 14, Eric Parker rated it liked it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get much from this collection of mini-essays.
Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is an enjoyable read and a good reference when I want a clear, not too mathy explanation for a student. Well, most of maths actually is frightening but the day-to-day stuff is fascinating, useful and not all that difficult. If so, Paulos is motoring on it in the driver’s seat with this wide- ranging follow-up to his best-selling Innumeracy It’s just not for me.
This is definitely not a “mathematics for dummies”, nor was it ever intended as one. This makes it easy to use the book as a reference while calming the mathematically anxious who might fear taking longer or deeper plunges into any subject.
About John Allen Paulos. The chapters do not appear to connect so well. I remember enjoying Innumeracy from Paulos, so I expected to enjoy this book as well. Jan 10, Heidi rated it liked it. Jun 13, May Ling rated it really liked it Shelves: Andrew Brown rated it really liked it Jun 22, Oct 12, Bookworm rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book was lent to me by a co-worker. Aug 01, Shelly 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. His clearly stated objective is to right the wrongs that drill, formulas, and endless exercises have wrought in high-school classrooms.
There were a few that I had not heard of. This is a man who loves mathematics and wants other people to love and understand mathematics too.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I use selected chapters in my community college lectures.
More fun stuff that even a non math person will probably find interesting. Jun 30, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Novelists need to know the numbers.