- Hardcover: 207 pages
- Publisher: World Pub; [1st American ed.] edition (1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0529045524
- ISBN-13: 978-0529045522
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mathematics made difficult Hardcover – 1972
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Since really understanding this book more or less depends on a knowledge of all of these, one might expect it to go above me. What I found instead was, in addition to enjoying the delightfully witty writing, I actually learned something about all these topics. Not that I remember much now, of course - but probably no less than I remember from most subjects I was actually enrolled in.
Example: Early in the book, he reproduces an imaginary Q&A in which the questioner relates that when he meets a mathematician at a party and he says "Well, I guess we've come a long way since 1+1=2", the mathematician makes a wry face. The author then, in answering the imaginary questioner, takes an entire chapter explaining exactly how complicated 1+1=2 really is. You have to start with what does "1" mean, for example. This leads to mathematical constructs I had never dreamed of simply to understand what numbers and counting are.
In summary, this is a wonderful book for anybody with at least an ordinary college-level understanding of math, and I hope somebody reprints it.
Highly recommended for a math graduate student who needs distraction from work.
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Read this book in my local library as a kid and had been looking for it to read again for fun.Published on August 24, 2013 by MMKH
Haven't read through the book fully. However, from what I've looked at so far, this books seems informative, fun, and downright hilarious. Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by spiralina