Is Maths Real?: How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths (Hardback)
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Is Maths Real?: How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 01/06/2023
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Waterstones Says

Passionate, eye-opening and accessible, Is Maths Real? is a love letter to the curious spirit of the discipline from mathematician and author of X+Y Eugenia Cheng.

Why is -(-1) = 1? Why do odd and even numbers alternate? What's the point of algebra? Is maths even real? From imaginary numbers to the perplexing order of operations we all had drilled into us, Eugenia Cheng - mathematician, writer and woman on a mission to rid the world of maths phobia - brings us maths as we've never seen it before, revealing how profound insights can emerge from seemingly unlikely sources. Written with intelligence and passion, Is Maths Real? is a celebration of the true, curious spirit of the discipline.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788169523
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 443 g
Dimensions: 216 x 144 x 40 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

A generous tour of mathematics for anyone whose instincts tend less towards "Just tell me the answer" and more towards "Wait, but why?" - Jordan Ellenberg, author, Shape

Intriguing ... Celebrates the dizziness and disorientation engendered by childlike questions that hint at the deep mysteries beneath - Anil Ananthaswamy, New Scientist

Passionate, eye-opening and accessible ... a love letter to the curious spirit of the discipline - Waterstones Best Books of 2023

A brilliant rebuttal to those who see math as only about right answers, rather than about creative discovery. [Cheng] masterfully uncovers what's simply profound in the profoundly simple - Francis Su, author, Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Discover what it feels like to be a real mathematician ... This is a human pursuit, depicted here from the inside - Simon Ings, Telegraph

An entertaining foray into the more philosophical realms of mathematics ... for the budding mathematician in the house, to say nothing of lovers of puzzles and enigmas - Kirkus

Praise for x + y: 'A way of seeing this exhausting debate from a completely new angle ... bold and optimistic - Guardian

A fascinating, disarmingly accessible read and a wonderful example of what academics should in general do much more of - Irish Times

Compelling ... x+y provides useful new tools for change, for those - like me - involved in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. For those who are not yet involved, she sets out reasons to become so. And I'm a new fan of pure mathematics. Dr Cheng, can we be friends? - Nature

This book changed my life in the most beautiful way. Eugenia Cheng doesn't just explain why the way our society conceptualizes gender is all wrong - she proposes a new way of thinking about - and beyond - gender. Through accessible graphs and brilliant metaphor, Cheng pushes her readers instead to think about a person's behavior ... Stunning - Rebecca Ramirez, NPR

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