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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2013
The concept of the book is good: to introduce everyone to the various branches of mathematics. However, the range covered was so big that only a cursory and largely inadequate introduction was afforded to each topic, with the result that in many instances gaps appreared in the steps of explanation that could leave the reader more confused than enlightened: rather akin to demonstating the beauty of a symphony by jumping from the first to the second movements, and from there to the third, etc. after only a few notes from each one.
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on 2 March 2014
I came across this book by accident when I was looking for novels written by Victoria Glendinning. It turns out that the author of this book (Prof Paul Glendinning) is her son.
I’ve ony read the first 15% in detail and I have been quite impressed, enough to award it 4 stars. When I have finished it, that may well be 5 stars.
I have so far found only one mistake. This is the illustration of the golden mean (at 9%). The definition a/b = a/(a+b) is clearly an error. The r.h.s. should read (a+b)/a . This is just a slip: the texual description is correct. The golden mean a/b =1.61803… which is an irrational number (meaning it cannot be expressed as the ratio of two integers).
I have looked briefly at the last few sections and they look to be very rewarding reading. To summarise I warmly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2013
If you are like me, never liked Maths in school, but had to study it, and now need it so you can help your child, this book refreshes your memory and you can have it as a bench reading in the park as it's small and compact! Great reading, keeps the brain going!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2015
If you are not a genius then this ain't for you - I just wanted something to touch up what I learned at school but unless I went to Oxford or Cambridge then I wouldn't get use out of this.
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on 11 February 2014
Like the other "Things in Short Times" books, Maths in Minutes is a great sum-up of major mathematical areas (which seem to be the same as the principal areas of maths in education to college level.) Namely, numbers, sets, sequences, geometry, algebra, calculus, vectors/matrices, abstract algebra, complex numbers, combinatorics, topology, logic, and number theory.

They're good to dip into in brief moments of downtime, since each essay is just a few hundred words. They're simply put together and the style is consistent, with the author's voice invisible. Definitely worth a purchase for your Kindle, especially at this price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2014
It's a good read to just brush the basics. Doesn't provide nothing more than that. Would recommend to someone who wants to just refresh basic mathematics as well as for school kids.
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on 29 April 2014
Definitely worth a read for anyone studying maths or interested in the subject, who is after an easy to follow, swift and cleverly collaborated overview within each major field of mathematics. I found this book great due to the simplicity in describing many principles, and made previously studied subjects easier to look back upon and understand more thoroughly. Although to truly understand and utilise the concepts you must dig deeper elsewhere and physically practice the theory, the book is a great starting or revision point for all.
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on 4 March 2014
This book is just fantastic.

I bought the book as a way to explain to my children that there is more to maths than just sums & algebra and to try to encourage them to study the subject beyond the basics at GCSE. I have hardly seen the book since it arrived as my daughter has taken it to school every day and then comes home to expound on the latest gem of knowledge that she has encountered.

The joy of maths seems to have passed to the next generation, thanks for writing this in such an accessible manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2013
Great book for a level students looking to expand knowledge beyond the dull a-level syllabus and those going onto university :)))
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2014
A bird's eye view of some of the key concepts. Some are well covered and others are not. It is not meant for a novice though
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