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Bridges to Infinity: The Human side of Mathematics

4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0874773453
ISBN-10: 0874773458
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tarcher (January 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874773458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874773453
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A previous reviewer claims this book is "full of errors," but gives no examples of them. While I can't guarantee that this book is error free, any such errors are likely to involve technicalities which can be overlooked given the introductory and relatively qualitative nature of this book. On the important points, the book indeed appears to be accurate and clear. Moreover, this book is highly enjoyable, and probably accessible for everyone ranging from bright high school students on up. As such, the book is as an excellent prelude before plunging into a more rigorous study of the subject and, indeed, many readers will probably be motivated to do just that!
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As soon as I began reading this book, I realized it had been written specifically for me. Math and I never got along. We could never agree on anything, and the truth was, Math was always much smarter. But BRIDGES TO INFINITY demystified Math. Dr. Guillen gently and patiently explains the stuff that goes on in Math's head. Finally, after reading this book, Math and I came to an understanding. Math is still smarter, but now we get along.
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Dr. Guillen has that rare trait that is so difficult to find in anyone who is trying to explain something to someone else - the ability to make things clear! I've known people with seven years of college that couldn't give me a clear explanation of how to get to a friend's house less than a mile away. Not so with Dr. Guillen. Although he is an obviously super-smart individual with multiple degrees, he has the ability to come down to the average man's level and make the complicated simple. Reading this book has prompted me to read others of his works.
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Marvelous book...delivered a bit late, but that was fine. The book was in very good condition, and very inexpensive. We'll be making more use of the Kindle as we get familiar with its functions. Thanks.
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By A Customer on December 3, 2001
I give this book the lowest possible rating because it is
absolutely full of errors. I will not dignify the book by
giving specific examples. (But if you really care, you can
look up the review in the American Mathematical Monthly.)
Here is the real problem: if you are not already familiar
with the mathematics he is discussing, then you might not
even realize that you are reading nonsense! If this doesn't
bother you, then go right ahead and read this book. But if
you care about the accuracy of what you are reading, then
look elsewhere.
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