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Posted April 27, 2009
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was very informative and well researched. I learned a lot about the evolution of math and how math and philosophy intersect. I did think that it was very dense. I do not have a lot of knowledge about the history of math or philosophy so parts of it were hard to get through. I think this would be a great book for a history of math type class.
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Posted April 30, 2009
An Interesting Question with a Throughough Response
I found Livio's response to the question of mathematics as a human creation or mere discovery to be both informative and interesting. He gives his readers enough information about mathematics and its history so that they can deduce an answer to the question themselves. Yet, do not allow the mention of mathematics to alarm or frighten you. Livio is effective in making even the most difficult concept easy to contextually understand, examining many mathematical breakthroughs from the time of Pythagoras to modern day through revealing not only the significance of the doctrine created but the social surroundings of the mathematician. Overall, Livio's work was enlightening, and although I found periodic lulls in the rhetoric, I would certainly recommend it to those interested in mathematics, philosophy, or history.
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