Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Here's Looking at Euclid

I'm the kind of person that asks people at parties: What are you reading and is it good?  Which is how I found out about Here's Looking at Euclid by Alex Bellows.  No imagination is wild enough to believe that I am a math person.  I am the opposite of a math person.  So imagine my surprise when I find myself so interested in this book. 

The author has both a math and journalistic background, so it helps non-mathy people such as myself fascinated by this book.  A mere history of numbers and mathematical concepts it is not.  This book explores math from indigenous cultures in the Amazon rain forest to the concept of zero to pi to math games to gambling and much, much more in between. 

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