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More trivia than popular science
on 4 March 2013
... I had hoped for a book that would discuss/explain the patterns in maths and numbers, an everyman's guide to the science of maths and how number theory works etc., but that doesn't feature much.
Unfortunately, a lot of the book (which all seems a bit of a mix) is just about particular numbers in a way that is nothing to do with 'popular science', but is just trivia. For example, it explains that telecoms companies in the USA have agreed not to issue some batches of phone numbers so that they can be reserved for use in TV shows or films etc. What has that got to do with maths or numbers?!
It does touch on the 'popular science' of maths, but only briefly. It's more a book of numbers trivia.