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A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of by John Allen Paulos

By John Allen Paulos

Utilising intuitive principles from arithmetic, this quirky "meta-memoir" increases questions about our lives that almost all folks don't imagine to invite, yet arguably may still: What a part of reminiscence is trustworthy truth, what half artistic embellishment? Which favourite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? through conjoining opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent within the medical method--bestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an strange hybrid, a composite of non-public stories and mathematical techniques to re-evaluating them.

Entertaining vignettes from Paulos's biography abound--ranging from a bullying math instructor and a superb selection of baseball playing cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother's petty larceny, and his particularly accidental function in getting George Bush elected president in 2000. those vignettes function springboards to many telling views: simple math places life-long behavior in a doubtful new mild; greater dimensional geometry is helping us see that we're all particularly atypical; nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small alterations cascading into very diverse siblings; logarithms and exponentials yield perception on why we have a tendency to grow tired and jaded as we age; and there are tips and jokes, chance and coincidences, and masses more.

For enthusiasts of Paulos or beginners to his paintings, this witty remark on his life--and yours--is interesting reading.

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