Thinking in Numbers : How Maths Illuminates Our Lives, Paperback

Thinking in Numbers : How Maths Illuminates Our Lives Paperback

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This is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and mathematical savant, was born to write.

In Tammet's world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds.

Using anecdotes and everyday examples, Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions and equations underpin all our lives. Inspired by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn's sixth finger or his mother's unpredictable behaviour, Tammet explores questions such as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person and how we can make sense of those we love. Thinking in Numbers will change the way you think about maths and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • ISBN: 9781444737448



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This was, without let or hindrance, without qualification or hint of doubt, the most fatuous book that I have read all year.marketed as an analysis of the ways in which mathematics affects all our lives, this is in fact a series of mindless essays based around contrived and extremely tenuous connections. Tammet seems to find huge significance in the fact that he is one of nine children in his family, there are nine months in the years whose names do not start with a J and that, until Pluto's recent demotion, there were nine planets in our solar system. Scarcely Trismegistian in its cosmological impact, and i hope you will forgive me for being entirely underwhelmed!I was also struck by how poorly written this book was, to the extent that i was amazed that any publisher would countenance having it on their lists. Indeed, I would have been surprised to see any of these essays making it into the average school magazine. I have been trying to find something positive to say about it but am really rather stumped. ... Oh, yes, the cover was a nice shade of blue. That's really all I can manage!