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Moments of interest lost in US-centric cultural references
on 20 October 2015
This book starts of with some inspiring insights into pure mathematics, then skips lightly through calculus before becoming bogged-down in probability and statistics. This last section forms the bulk of the text and is so reliant on framing maths in terms of US politics, US state lotteries, and a US-style obsession with the Judeo-Christian concept of a 'God' that I found it difficult to engage with. By the time we get to logical theory - the reason I was originally interested in the book - the author seems to have lost steam, and quickly skips on to his conclusion, again set against the backdrop of US politics and sport (baseball and American football). I couldn't face trudging through this last section, and felt so compelled to skip through it that I probably missed something inspirational.
He does present some interesting ideas around the notion of genius and the nature of democracy, but these are dealt with too swiftly to make the rest of the book worthwhile.