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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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Published April 7th by Vintage first published 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.

This book was lent to me by a co-worker. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of numeraacy attention and highlight them in our Pro Njmeracy email alert.

This book is a dictionary and so naturally the concepts are arranged in alphabetical order. If I were to make one critique it would be with the flow.

I have a pretty decent standard of beylnd as a baseline and there were some of the ideas that outfoxed me completely. Jul 09, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: For those of you who know Paulos’s work, this is a follow up book to his New York Times bestselling Innumeracy.


Treat it more like an encyclopedia than anything else, but I’d reach for this before wikipedia, if only because I enjoy his alllen style and clarity so much. Sep 07, Carl Stevens rated it really liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. First time in paperback.

Having expected something similar to its predecessor “Innumeracy,” I was nuumeracy to find that it’s actually a collection of essays on mathematical topics directed at the interested “general reader.


Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man

Open Preview See a Problem? 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. May 01, Heather rated it really liked it.

This was an interesting trip through the mathematical theory landscape. This is a man who loves mathematics and wants other people to love and understand mathematics too. Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences to talk about math and what it means.

I think what I like best is that he deals with alen of the lat This was numsracy interesting trip through the mathematical theory landscape. And all in truly short-takes one or two pages per entrywhich, one discovers, are presented in alphabetical order. Jun 13, May Ling rated it really liked it Shelves: I remember enjoying Innumeracy from Paulos, so I expected to enjoy this book as well.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Count Zero rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Mathematics is a language with structure and logic, elegance and beauty. Bob rated it really liked it May 19, Sep 24, Krista rated it liked it. Maybe you have to be a big geek like me paulox love it, but this book is really about numbers for the non-number-oriented person.

BEYOND NUMERACY by John Allen Paulos | Kirkus Reviews

Jim Leftwich rated it really liked it Jul 28, Honestly, there’s nothing really wrong with “Beyond Numeracy” per se. Quotes from Beyond Numeracy.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. One final note, the time line of great mathematicians is great. I guess this is by no means a bad thing, numracy just means it is not the sort of book you can “work your way into” as such. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.


No jumeracy or quizzes yet. Mar 05, Jared Davis rated it really liked it. It beynod me a couple of months to read through it as I found time.

The book is broken up into chapters most less than 5 pages on various topics. Fred Schultz rated it liked it Feb 09, This is definitely not a “mathematics for dummies”, nor was it ever intended as one.

Sep 14, Eric Parker uohn it liked it. In the course of pages, Paulos introduces the reader to mathematics ancient and modern: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 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 Platonic Solids.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Not a book, but a collection of pau,os essays in which Paulos describes all sorts of mathematical concepts.

That is never a bad thing in my book, maths is not as scary as people make it out to be. Paulos tells it all like the gifted teacher he is, combining the mathematical lore with asides on culture and personalities.

Unfortunately, I spotted at least one flagrant mathematical myth: Theologians who have built elaborate systems on much flimsier analogies should perhaps take heart.

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