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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Love and Math (Hardcover)
For me this is a book which doesn't really live up to it's billing. The dust jacket claims that it will dazzle you with its lucid explanation of the elegant beauty of mathematical principles and inspire in the reader the author's own passion for the subject. If you are expecting the illuminating narrative of a Simon Singh or a Brian Cox you will be disappointed. Inspiring wonder in others requires a writer to do more than repeatedly say "isn't this amazing". This is especially so since the subject matter covered - braid groupings, Galois Groups, Rieman functions etc is actually pretty dry and not really of much interest to the non-technical reader.

Whilst the autobiographical passages of the book are interesting and readable (if somewhat too self-congratulatory), this is not really a book for the mathematical novice at all. If you don't know your polynomials from your cubic equations you are likely to end up either switching off or skipping significant amounts of text
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