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Math Without Numbers (Paperback)Milo Beckman (author)
A brilliantly accessible guide to abstract calculation from a mathematics prodigy, this revelatory volume discusses daunting topics in a logical and clear manner - entirely dispensing with numbers along the way.
The only numbers in this book are the page numbers.
The three main branches of abstract math - topology, analysis, and algebra - turn out to be surprisingly easy to grasp. Or at least, they are when our guide is a math prodigy. With forthright wit and warm charm, Milo Beckman upends the conventional approach to mathematics, inviting us to think creatively about shape and dimension, the infinite and the infinitesimal, symmetries, proofs, and all how all these concepts fit together. Why is there a million dollar prize for counting shapes? Is anything bigger than infinity? And how is the 'truth' of mathematics actually decided?
A vivid and wholly original guide to the math that makes the world tick and the planets revolve, Math Without Numbers makes human and understandable the elevated and hypothetical, allowing us to clearly see abstract math for what it is: bizarre, beautiful, and head-scratchingly wonderful.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
'Genius: an entire book about mathematics in which the only digits are the page numbers... fresh, delightful and extremely accessible' - Alex Bellos, Guardian
'Beckman's book is not only fascinating and enthralling but also one I actually kept my eyes open long enough to finish (in part because - and this is a massively underrated virtue in popular science books - it is short)' - Tom Whipple, The Times
'I was hooked... what is delightful about the book is the vivid clarity' - Tim Harford
'A cheerful, chatty, and charming trip through the world of mathematics and its relation to the world of people - and not a number in sight! Everyone should read this delightful book. Even mathematicians' - Ian Stewart, author of Do Dice Play God?
'One of those wonderful books you'll want to tell everyone about' - Ananyo Bhattacharya, author of The Man from the Future
'So delightful! Mathematics is playful, surprising, and enchanting, but those qualities are often obscured behind intimidating equations and formalism. Milo Beckman brings them out into the open for everyone to share' - Sean Carroll, author of Something Deeply Hidden
'With charm, unwavering enthusiasm, and a lot of cartoons, Math Without Numbers waltzes the reader through a garden of higher mathematics' - Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not To Be Wrong
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