(Disclosure: I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.) This is an interesting and fun book. In it, author Steven Goldberg gives the reader an appetizer of what mathematics is about. His purpose does not seem to be to actually teach math, but to give readers an appreciation of the richness of math. And this he accomplishes quite well. Goldberg writes in a conversational tone and with a sense of humor. I recommend this book to readers interested in science.
I received this as a present, and it was a great present for someone like me, who is numerate but hardly a fan of the topic. Goldberg writes in an engaging style, and draws the reader into math with examples of how things work, and how beautifully it all makes sense. Who knew it could be such fun?
Just one correction from page 12: "After all, half of all births are girls and half are boys." As a sociologist he should know this - the probability of having a baby boy is greater than having a girl. The actual ratio is roughly 107/100. The number of boys created is actually more than that, as boys are far more likely to have genetic problems and be aborted either naturally or by choice. The cause seems to be the much greater mobility of sperm carrying the Y chromosome. By comparison the X chromosome-carrying sperm is far heavier and slower. I've just started the book and may have more to add later. I do like it pretty well.