A Numerate Life

A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours
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Product Number: Z100114439
Released: Jan 18, 2016
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ISBN: #9781469095226
Publisher: Gildan Media, Inc
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Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky "meta-memoir" raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsets—the suspension of disbelief required in storytelling and the skepticism inherent in the scientific method—bestselling mathematician John Allen Paulos has created an unusual hybrid, a composite of personal memories and mathematical approaches to re-evaluating them. Entertaining vignettes from Paulos's biography abound—ranging from a bullying math teacher and a fabulous collection of baseball cards to romantic crushes, a grandmother's petty larceny, and his quite unintended role in getting George Bush elected president in 2000. These vignettes serve as springboards to many telling perspectives: simple arithmetic puts life-long habits in a dubious new light; higher dimensional geometry helps us see that we're all rather peculiar; nonlinear dynamics explains the narcissism of small differences cascading into very different siblings; logarithms and exponentials yield insight on why we tend to become bored and jaded as we age; and there are tricks and jokes, probability and coincidences, and much more. For fans of Paulos or newcomers to his work, this witty commentary on his life—and yours—is fascinating listening.

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Author(s): John Allen Paulos
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2015

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Author(s): John Allen Paulos
Narrator(s): John Allen Paulos
Product Number DD25594
Released: Nov 01, 2016
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ISBN: #9781469004228
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Author(s): John Allen Paulos
Product Number EB00596157
Released: Nov 10, 2015
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Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: #9781633881198

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