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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Open Preview See a Problem? In particular, I think the applications of Russell’s paradox offer a number of intriguing applications when applied to the social sciences. 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. Paulos introduces a number of fairly complex mathematical concepts with bejond 4 or 5 pages each.

In the course of pages, Paulos introduces the reader to mathematics ancient and modern: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

From the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily accessible alphabetical entries.

Not a book, but a collection of brief essays in which Paulos describes all sorts beyone mathematical concepts. He shows how math applies in many ways not just to the engineer!

Beyond Numeracy: Ruminations of a Numbers Man

This book has many, many applications for any student in any math class. I think what I like best is that he deals with all of the later theory.

Overall, the collection is OK — jhon few topics are interesting — but for the most part, there’s not much here. I generally look these up one at a time, but it’s really nice to see them in order.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jim Leftwich rated it really liked it Jul 28, Paulos tells it all like the gifted teacher he is, combining the mathematical aolen with asides on culture and personalities.

Beyond Numeracy

To ask other readers questions about Beyond Numeracyplease sign up. Refresh and try again. 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. For those of you who know Paulos’s work, this is a mumeracy up book to his New York Times bestselling Innumeracy.

Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos

Treat it more like an encyclopedia than anything else, but I’d reach for this before wikipedia, if only because I enjoy his bwyond style and clarity so much. Aug 01, Shelly rated it really liked it. Well, most of maths actually is frightening but the day-to-day stuff is fascinating, useful and not all that difficult.

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Theologians who have built elaborate systems on much flimsier analogies should perhaps take heart. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get much from this collection of mini-essays. There were a few interesting tidbits, but overall, I didn’t enjoy it too much.

May 11, Jessica rated it it was ok. Fractals are in the middle. Count Zero rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Jan 10, Heidi rated it liked it. This was an interesting trip through the mathematical theory landscape. His clearly stated objective is to right the wrongs that drill, formulas, and endless exercises have wrought in high-school classrooms.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Oct 30, Tom Schulte rated it really liked it. This book is a dictionary and so naturally the concepts are arranged in alphabetical order.

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Sep 24, Krista rated it liked it. Jun 13, May Ling rated it really liked it Shelves: That being said, I did learn some interesting qllen about mathematics that I didn’t know before. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Beuond and Terms of Service. That is never a bad thing in my book, maths is not as scary as people make it out to be.

Making nmueracy numbers work for you. Novelists need to know the numbers. 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 numeraccy comes to mathematics.

It took me a couple of months to read through it as I found time. Oct 12, Bookworm rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Sep 07, Carl Stevens rated it really liked it.

I read it slowly and sometimes had to reread portions to get what Paulos was trying to convey. You can pick it up and read a chapter or two without having to worry about a plot line.