From the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily. Review. Beyond Numeracy by bestselling author John Allen Paulos is, according to the introduction, “in part a dictionary, in part a collection of. Maybe there is a royal road to mathematics, after all. If so, Paulos is motoring on it in the driver’s seat with this wide- ranging follow-up to his.

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Beyond Numeracy

I think he thought I was smarter than I actually am, as a lot of this book was too deep in mathematical detail for me to be paluos interested in it. There are tons of books to clearly articulate the work of Euler, Pythagoras and before.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. This book has many, many applications for any student in any math class. You might find some of the earlier concepts pass you by a bit if you aren’t from a certain school of mathematical thinking. Bridging the two are those mathematical excursions into number theory, set theory, or non-Euclidean geometry that turn out to be models of the natural world-of the way flowers grow, quarks interact, or how the universe is shaped.

Reading a math book isn’t something I’d normally do, but it was a good stretch me and I truly found it interesting. This is a man who loves mathematics and wants other people to love and understand mathematics too. The small, bite-size artciles are insightful, clear and an example of what popularizing mathematics should be like; Fun to read as it was to write.


This is an enjoyable read and a good reference when I want a clear, not too mathy explanation for johj student. Three stars for the nonmathematicians. Trivia About Beyond Numeracy. Must read for a math person. And it is just that, it is a journey through a whol For those of you who know Paulos’s numegacy, this is a follow up book to his New York Times bestselling Innumeracy.

Although I didn’t understand all the math in the book it was interesting to look at math from a non-doing perspective. Refresh and try again.

In particular, I think the applications of Russell’s paradox offer a number of intriguing applications when applied to the social sciences.

Unfortunately, I spotted at least one flagrant mathematical myth: Sep 07, Carl Stevens rated it really liked aplen. The chapters do not appear to connect so well. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It combines humor and numbers, provides relief to those who fear numbers or math, it gives insights into subjects ranging from basic math to Calculus and beyond, and finally it provides details as to why math literacy is so important to have!

This makes it easy to use the book as a reference while calming the mathematically anxious who might fear taking longer or deeper plunges into any subject.

Fred Beyojd rated it liked it Feb 09, This is a good non-technical book about math. Dec 02, Joe rated it it was ok. He shows how math applies in many ways not just to the engineer!


Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos

In the course of pages, Paulos introduces the reader to mathematics ancient and modern: Having expected something similar to its predecessor “Innumeracy,” I was surprised to find that it’s actually a collection of essays on mathematical topics numercay at the interested “general reader. Paulos does a great job of making mathematical principles and ideas make sense to those that don’t typically like math.

May 01, Heather rated it really liked zllen. Its interpreters can be purists who deplore finding any use for math or practical-minded thinkers who apply its tools and techniques to physics and engineering. Books by John Allen Paulos. Bob rated it really liked it May 19, Sep 24, Krista rated it liked it. Paulos is a mathematician who is passionate about being being “mathematically literate” and his first book covers a lot of the common misconceptions of the average layperson when it comes to mathematics.

However it is worth persevering with because there are some fascinating sections and Paulos’s love for his subject shines through.

Honestly, there’s nothing really wrong with “Beyond Numeracy” per se. Jun 30, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: