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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Count Zero rated it it was amazing Jan 15, There were a few interesting tidbits, but overall, I didn’t enjoy it too much. May 01, Jojn rated it really liked it. Mar 30, Matthew rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I have a pretty decent standard of maths as a baseline and there were some of the ideas that outfoxed me completely.

That is never a bad thing in my book, maths is not as scary as people make it out allne be. Published April 7th by Vintage first published I generally look these up one at a time, but it’s really nice to see them in order. Mar 05, Jared Davis rated it really liked it. There are tons of books to clearly articulate the work of Euler, Pythagoras and before.

Overall, the collection is OK — a few topics are interesting — but for the paulox part, there’s not much here. For example zeno’s paradox comes last.

Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man

Theologians who have built elaborate systems on much flimsier analogies should perhaps take heart. This is a man who loves mathematics and wants other people to love and understand mathematics too. Mathematics is awesome enough without falling victim to mysticism.


This was an interesting trip through the mathematical theory landscape. If alleen, Paulos is motoring beyone it in the driver’s seat with this wide- ranging follow-up to his best-selling Innumeracy Andrew Brown rated it really liked it Jun 22, Bridging the two are those mathematical excursions into number theory, set theory, or non-Euclidean geometry that turn out to numrracy models of the natural world-of the way flowers grow, quarks interact, or how the universe is shaped.

I read it slowly and sometimes had to reread portions to get what Paulos was trying to convey. Sep 14, Eric Parker rated it liked it.

Although I didn’t understand all the math in the book it was interesting nohn look at math from a non-doing perspective. Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos. Be the first to discover new talent! This is the logical way to arrange things but I find it means the level of understanding required for a partial topic jumps around a lot. Unfortunately, I spotted at least one flagrant mathematical myth: Well, most of maths actually is frightening but the day-to-day stuff is fascinating, useful and not all that difficult.

Oct 12, Bookworm rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I use selected chapters in my community college lectures. Refresh and try again. He shows how math applies in jobn ways not just to the engineer! A great book that you can just open up to any page and read.


I guess this is by no means a bad thing, it just means it is not the sort of book you can “work your way into” as such. Numerady are no discussion topics on this book yet. Three stars for the nonmathematicians. For those of you who know Paulos’s paulow, this is a follow up book to his New York Times bestselling Innumeracy. Mathematics is a language with structure and logic, elegance and beauty. 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 really interested in it.

Please provide an email address. Novelists need to know the numbers. More fun stuff that even a non math person will probably find interesting.

Not a book, but a collection of brief essays in which Paulos describes all sorts of mathematical concepts. Return to Book Page.

Beyond Numeracy – John Allen Paulos – Google Books

And it is just that, it is a journey through a whol For those of you who know Paulos’s work, this is a follow up book to his New York Times bestselling Innumeracy. Want to Read saving…. I used to have this on my bedsode table and I’d read an essay before ibwent to sleep if I was in the mood.