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Being an engineer, I fall into the former category and came to this book already loving math, and I found the math in this book to often be quite tough going (especially in the second half of the book), though I did get a rough sense of what he was talking about (and I followed the advice to keep going in the tougher parts rather than getting bogged down). True, I could re-read the whole book to get a better understanding, but realistically it would make more sense to bone up on the prerequisite math using other books and then return to this book in a few years (yes, that long). Because I feel that the accessibility of this book for the general reader has been overstated by the book's endorsers and overestimated by the author, I'm deducting a star.
That said, I did enjoy this book greatly and am glad that I read it.Read more ›
Love and Math takes a novel approach. The author loves math with a deep intensity that has animated an extraordinary life story, and he has the rare ability to explain why. The only comparable work I know is Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time. Both Frenkel and Hawking discuss work normally considered too advanced even for non-specialist professionals in their fields, in terms any serious reader can comprehend, without resorting to trite analogy or oversimplification.Read more ›
It also does not help that Frankel writes badly. His prose is truly boring and uninspired. So even the autobiographical parts of the book, which the non-mathematician could easily follow, are tough to slog through.
I do give the author credit for the choice of subject matter. Group Theory, Topology, Reimann Surfaces and ties to Quantum Physics and String Theory are some of the jewels of Mathematics. However, Frenkel lacks what many genius mathematicians lack: empathy. He is unable to empathize with the plight of the mathematically unsophisticated reader and hence leave even the motivated lost, dazed and confused.
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This is, comfortably, the best popular math book I’ve ever had the fortune to lay my eyes on.
I have a couple degrees in the subject. Read more
The author goes on and on about how the way math taught turns kids off to math altogether. He does just about the same. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Jean Johnson
This book made me realize the awesomeness that can be math, clearly the authors intention. I found out that he teaches at UC Berkeley and I hope to attend and maybe even take his... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ryan Reeder
Excelent book! I like the way the author presents maths!Published 6 months ago by Jose Cruz Escribano
I enjoyed experiencing Frenkel's passion for his chosen field. I was quite humbled by how little I know as evidenced by whole sections of the story not having a resonating handle... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
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