Archimedes' Revenge: The Joys and Perils of Mathematics By Paul Hoffman,

Title: Archimedes' Revenge: The Joys and Perils of Mathematics

Author: Paul Hoffman

ISBN: 9780449217504

Page: 163

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Syndicated columnist Paul Hoffman provides an acclaimed account of the world of modern mathematicians in the bestselling tradition of accessible scientists Stephen Jay Gould and Tracey Kidder An extremely clever account The New Yorker.

Archimedes Revenge The Joys and Perils of Mathematics Syndicated columnist Paul Hoffman provides an acclaimed account of the world of modern mathematicians in the bestselling tradition of accessible scientists Stephen Jay Gould and Tracey Kidder An extre

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I generally like to mix in some popular science books but this didn t do it for me It was a disjointed read because it jumped into four separate areas of mathematics and none of the areas really held my attention and I ended up skipping through some pages The four sections covered are number theory, shapes and topology, computer science, and the mathematics of voting Of the four, the number theory section is the most interesting but if that s your bag then just go read Simon Singh s two books Fe [...]

This one is a good one to read a couple of chapters, then regurgitate math curiosity in the lunch room Yes, I m very popular at work.Still, messing with cipher basics comes in handy, like how often certain letters and words occur in English For example, pretend you teach first grade and you are watching six year olds try to stretch out words like, you They sound out, Yu as in yarn , aw as in octopus , uh as in umbrella Then they look at you like, okay, yaawuh, I m done Their letter sounds prove [...]

I ve been meaning to get to this book since I bought it some twenty plus years ago It was the worth the wait, and all the intricacies of current research in mathematics c.1988 were revealed One of the interesting chapters deals with cryptography, and made mention of the Beale Papers, unsolved ciphers that describe a buried treasure that is still awaiting discovery somewhere in Bedford, Virginia.

The earlier chapters deal with classic mathematical problems and history, but once the book gets current for the time it was written the late 1980s its a little dated All in all, I d skip this book and go straight to Hoffman s incredible biography of mathematician Paul Erdos, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers.

Some highly interesting stories about the history of science and maths in particular Yet, though it pretends to be written for people without any prior knowledge talent and even while I took math classes for 6 year on college level, I found a lot of it incomprehensible.

This was a really enjoyable read about some of the curiosities of mathematics The game theory portion is a well written introduction and very readable.

I generally like to mix in some popular science books but this didn t do it for me It was a disjointed read because it jumped into four separate areas of mathematics and none of the areas really held my attention and I ended up skipping through some pages The four sections covered are number theory, shapes and topology, computer science, and the mathematics of voting Of the four, the number theory section is the most interesting but if that s your bag then just go read Simon Singh s two books Fe [...]

This one is a good one to read a couple of chapters, then regurgitate math curiosity in the lunch room Yes, I m very popular at work.Still, messing with cipher basics comes in handy, like how often certain letters and words occur in English For example, pretend you teach first grade and you are watching six year olds try to stretch out words like, you They sound out, Yu as in yarn , aw as in octopus , uh as in umbrella Then they look at you like, okay, yaawuh, I m done Their letter sounds prove [...]

I ve been meaning to get to this book since I bought it some twenty plus years ago It was the worth the wait, and all the intricacies of current research in mathematics c.1988 were revealed One of the interesting chapters deals with cryptography, and made mention of the Beale Papers, unsolved ciphers that describe a buried treasure that is still awaiting discovery somewhere in Bedford, Virginia.

The earlier chapters deal with classic mathematical problems and history, but once the book gets current for the time it was written the late 1980s its a little dated All in all, I d skip this book and go straight to Hoffman s incredible biography of mathematician Paul Erdos, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers.

Some highly interesting stories about the history of science and maths in particular Yet, though it pretends to be written for people without any prior knowledge talent and even while I took math classes for 6 year on college level, I found a lot of it incomprehensible.

It makes me want to go out and start breaking codes

This was a really enjoyable read about some of the curiosities of mathematics The game theory portion is a well written introduction and very readable.

somewhat outdated especially the parts on computing and AI , but still a pleasant read.

I liked it A great trip through varied areas of mathematics without any real mathematics which would have made the book impossibly long.

Exploring my mathematical roots