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- Print Length: 28 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009KQ31KQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer reviews: 11 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,073,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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n Mathematical Quotations (Where n ~ 100) Kindle Edition
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I was expecting a standard book of quotations, but was pleased to discover that this wasn't quite what I had anticipated.
There are, as the title suggests, around 100 mathematical quotations from people as diverse as the hoopy frood Douglas Adams, Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, the statistically inclined Florence Nightingale and the 11-rated visionary that is Nigel Tufnell. The book opens - as perhaps all maths books should - with definitions, before taking us on a tour of geek pride, perseverance, failure, the universe and even a spot of careers advice.
The quotations themselves are an interesting mix: some are serious, some humorous, some flippant, others profound. Each quote comes with a brief (and often tongue-in-cheek) biographical description and commentary. By the end of the book you will have met David Hilbert, infinite hotelier and nodded sagely at Alfréd Rényi's assertion that "a mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems".
This is not a reference book that you would cite in a scholarly manner. It is a very entertaining read. If you like maths and quotations - and you can cope with a few rude w*rds - then I think you'll enjoy it.
The only disappointment is that 100 quotations makes for a fairly short book. Hopefully there will be a sequel. 2n Mathematical Quotations perhaps?
My verdict: 4 out of 5 stars - really liked it
There aren't many coffee-table maths books out there, but however many there are (let the number of coffee-table maths books prior to the release of this one be n) their number just increased to n+1.
Top international reviews
The best kind of book. One that you can pick up and peruse for a minute or much longer, stopping and starting wherever you fancy. Be warned that you may end up on a journey of sorts following the links to quote-worthy bio's. Those math guys and girls have some interesting back stories.
The book is a great read for everyone. Genius types and people like me who are lucky to be friends with you!