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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Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. From the author numsracy the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily accessible alphabetical entries.


Bridging the two are those mathematical excursions into number theory, set theory, or non-Euclidean geometry that turn out to be models of the natural world-of the way flowers grow, quarks interact, or how the universe is shaped. Return to Book Page.

Jan 10, Heidi rated it liked it. Paulos introduces a number of fairly complex mathematical concepts with only 4 or 5 pages each. This is the logical way to arrange beyojd but I find it means the level of understanding required for a partial topic jumps around a lot. This was an interesting trip through the mathematical theory landscape.


Mar 05, Jared Davis 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. 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.

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This is an enjoyable read and a good reference when I want a clear, not too mathy explanation for a student. Paulos does a great job of making mathematical principles and ideas make sense to those that don’t typically like math. Want to Read saving…. That is never a bad thing in my book, maths is not as scary as people make it out to be. I didn’t actually finish this book. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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There are tons of books to clearly articulate the work of Euler, Pythagoras and before. May 11, Jessica rated it it was ok. Sep 07, Carl Stevens rated it really liked it. Paulos tells it all like the gifted teacher he is, combining the mathematical lore with asides on culture and personalities.

Overall, the collection is OK — a few topics are interesting — but for the most part, there’s not much here. That being said, I did learn some interesting things about mathematics that I didn’t know before.

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Unfortunately, I spotted at least one flagrant mathematical myth: Quotes from Beyond Numeracy. Oct 12, Gnuehc Ecnerwal rated it it was amazing. You can pick it up and read a chapter or two without having to worry about a plot line. Making the numbers work for you. 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.

There was a problem adding your email address. Whether a person enjoys math and numbers or not this book will be beneficial to read and enjoy! Andrew Brown rated it really liked alllen Jun 22, For beyon zeno’s paradox comes last. Aug 01, Shelly rated it really liked it. Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos. Oct 12, Bookworm rated it really liked it Recommends it for: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Lots of math info for all you math nuts out there. Yet Paulos does not trivialize.