Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man

Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man

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by John Allen Paulos
     
 

From the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily accessible alphabetical entries. "Paulos . . . does for mathematics what The Joy of Sex did for the boudoir. . . ."—Washington Post Book World. First time in paperback. See more details below

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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 accessible alphabetical entries. "Paulos . . . does for mathematics what The Joy of Sex did for the boudoir. . . ."—Washington Post Book World. First time in paperback.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These conversational, refreshing essays--organized in dictionary format from ``algebra'' to ``zeno''--demonstrate math's relevancy to everyday life; this guide was a BOMC and QPB alternate. Illustrated. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In his best-selling Innumeracy (Hill & Wang: Farrar, 1989; Vintage: Random, 1990. pap.) Paulos took up the challenge of explaining why the general lack of mathematical literacy in the American population should be at least as great a concern as the lack of scientific and general cultural literacy. In this new collection of short essays on mathematical topics, he aims to remedy part of the problem by exposing general readers to some areas of modern mathematics. He discusses such concepts as algebra, probability theory, and fractals in an easy-to-read yet sophisticated style. While this book lacks the unifying thread and, thus, the importance of Paulos's earlier work, it is still worth reading. Recommended for subject collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/90; BOMC and Quality Paperback alternates.-- Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUNY
School Library Journal
YA-- This well-written and easy-to-follow book gently guides readers through many interesting mathematical topics. Each subject has its own short chapter, which can be found easily in the table of contents. Binary numbers and codes, chaos, mathematical folklore, limits, pi, Russel's Paradox, and voting systems are some of the topics covered. No math teacher should be without this book, and students should not deny themselves the opportunity to view the study of numbers from this delightful and informative piece of literature. --Daniel D. Settlemire, R. E. Lee High School, Fairfax County, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394586403
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/23/1991
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
285

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