By John Allen Paulos
Using intuitive principles from arithmetic, this quirky "meta-memoir" increases questions on our lives that the majority people don't imagine to invite, yet arguably may still: What a part of reminiscence is trustworthy truth, what half artistic embellishment? Which favourite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? by means of conjoining opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent within the clinical method--bestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an strange hybrid, a composite of non-public thoughts and mathematical methods to re-evaluating them.
Entertaining vignettes from Paulos's biography abound--ranging from a bullying math instructor and a wonderful number of baseball playing cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother's petty larceny, and his really accidental function in getting George Bush elected president in 2000. those vignettes function springboards to many telling views: basic math places life-long conduct in a doubtful new gentle; larger dimensional geometry is helping us see that we're all particularly unusual; nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small transformations cascading into very diverse siblings; logarithms and exponentials yield perception on why we have a tendency to become tired and jaded as we age; and there are tips and jokes, likelihood and coincidences, and lots more and plenty more.
For lovers of Paulos or newbies to his paintings, this witty statement on his life--and yours--is interesting reading.
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A balance has to be kept. I have been fortunate to be able to make use of the resources of the University of Exeter, which has welcomed me as an associate since my move to the area in 2007. I studied Persian language with Leonard Lewisohn and Ali Mossadegh, two excellent and gifted teachers who opened a window onto a new world of literature unfamiliar to most classicists. In October 2014 I travelled to Iran with a small group organised by Lynette Mitchell of the University of Exeter through the travel company Travel the Unknown.
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A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably by John Allen Paulos