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A Numerate Life
Author: John Allen Paulos

ISBN: 9781633881181
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1 February 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.2 x 1.5
Description:
Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky 'meta-memoir' raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: what part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent in the scientific method--bestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an unusual hybrid, a composite of personal memories and mathematical approaches to re-evaluating them.

Entertaining vignettes from Paulos's life abound--ranging from a bullying math teacher and a fabulous collection of baseball cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother's petty larceny, and his quite unintended role in getting George Bush elected president in 2000. These stories serve as springboards to many telling perspectives, utilizing math as a vehicle: simple arithmetic puts lifelong habits in a dubious new light; higher dimensional geometry helps us see that we're all rather peculiar; nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small differences cascading into very different sib...

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