A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours John Allen Paulos

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A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours  by  John Allen Paulos

A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours by John Allen Paulos
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Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky meta-memoir raises questions about our lives that most of us dont think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment?

Which favoriteMoreEmploying intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky meta-memoir raises questions about our lives that most of us dont think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent in the scientific method--bestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an unusual hybrid, a composite of personal memories and mathematical approaches to re-evaluating them.Entertaining vignettes from Pauloss biography abound--ranging from a bullying math teacher and a fabulous collection of baseball cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother’s petty larceny, and his quite unintended role in getting George Bush elected president in 2000.

These vignettes serve as springboards to many telling perspectives: simple arithmetic puts life-long habits in a dubious new light- higher dimensional geometry helps us see that were all rather peculiar- nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small differences cascading into very different siblings- logarithms and exponentials yield insight on why we tend to become bored and jaded as we age- and there are tricks and jokes, probability and coincidences, and much more.For fans of Paulos or newcomers to his work, this witty commentary on his life--and yours--is fascinating reading.From the Trade Paperback edition.



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