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A Poor Attempt To Explain The World Of Maths,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Mathematical Brain (Paperback)The problem with this book starts from the beginning and a finish at it's departing. While most people might pick up this book expecting an intriguing journey into the mind, what we are actually given is a crass and almost "cheesy" exploitation of the human brain. Remarks attempting to be humorous give the book a patronising and at times infuriating voice. I found that this book could be admired and respected but not enjoyed or agreed with.
The points made are personal accusations and the evidence used to enforce Butterworth's points seem to be obvious and at most times poor. Although it can appear obvious why critics would lap up the book in a frenzy of interest with many questions in their minds, it becomes apparent that Butterworth answers little of these intriguing ideas and in some places manages to trail off from very interesting points. The result is a book with little structure and a lack of information that would appeal to the curious reader rather than the mathematician.
While it could be said that Butterworth's attempt to capture the mind is one of original and almost emotive exploration, it can also become a very tedious journey with great ease. If you're willing to spend the money on such an overpriced book, be weary that your reaction will most probably be one of misunderstanding, frustration and bewilderment. For the few people that, by the title, can identify that the book is in their interests, the buy isn't so bad, even if the author's writing style is flawed and tiring.
If you have any comments to make about my review, please feel free to e-mail me. Feedback would be welcome.
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2008 14:45:14 GMT
Hi, I'm puzzled by your comment "the evidence used to enforce Butterworth's points seem to be obvious and at most times poor", what exactly do you mean by that?
Could you provide some examples of this apparently low quality evidence?
Also, what do you mean by "cheesy exploitation of the human brain"? In what way has the author exploited the human brain?
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