ISBN: 1984879057
EAN13: 9781984879059
Language: English
Release Date: May 25, 2021
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 0.69" H x 9.25" L x 6.13" W
Weight: 1.59 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else

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Book Overview

Unreasonably entertaining.reveals how geometric thinking can allow for everything from fairer American elections to better pandemic planning. - The New York Times

From the New York Times-bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong--himself a world-class geometer--a far-ranging exploration of the power of geometry, which turns out to help us think better about practically everything.

How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play Go, and why is learning Go so much easier for them than learning to read a sentence? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? (Sorry, no.) What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think? All these are questions about geometry. For real.

If you're like most people, geometry is a sterile and dimly remembered exercise you gladly left behind in the dust of ninth grade, along with your braces and active romantic interest in pop singers. If you recall any of it, it's plodding through a series of miniscule steps only to prove some fact about triangles that was obvious to you in the first place. That's not geometry. Okay, it is geometry, but only a tiny part, which has as much to do with geometry in all its flush modern richness as conjugating a verb has to do with a great novel. Read More chevron_right

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   A Wonderful Interlacing of Math and History
A book for people who enjoy learning about a bunch of different people, ideas, concepts, views, and what I'd call interesting tidbits with a central theme throughout. I felt I had a better appreciation for mathematics after watching it. It gets a bit dry at some parts. Each chapter felt harder to get after the beginning. The subject matter gets more difficult to be sucked into. For example, learning about all of the ways math can illuminate discussions was boring, and the math doesn't make it much more interesting. I still think this book is worth the money because it is one of those books that you need to read a few times to absorb it all in. I think I' ll like it better once I read it again.
 
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   A math book that's not only enjoyable, but very different from any other
Jordan Ellenberg wrote How Not to be Wrong The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life, and this one is just as good. He writes clearly, he makes connections that seem distant, and he is entertaining. Sometimes I had to pay attention, but it always paid off.
 
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   Loving it so far
I am loving it so far, I am a former topologist. It is hard to put it down. In the unlikely event that I change my mind on the 5 stars, I will change my review.
 
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