From the author of the national bestseller Innumeracy, a delightful exploration and explanation of mathematical concepts from algebra to zero in easily. Review. Beyond Numeracy by bestselling author John Allen Paulos is, according to the introduction, “in part a dictionary, in part a collection of. Maybe there is a royal road to mathematics, after all. If so, Paulos is motoring on it in the driver’s seat with this wide- ranging follow-up to his.

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A great book that you can just open up to any page and read. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get much from this collection of mini-essays. Paulos is a mathematician who is passionate about being being “mathematically literate” and his first book covers a lot of the common misconceptions numerac the average layperson when it comes to mathematics.

Fred Schultz rated it liked it Feb 09, Oct 12, Bookworm rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. The chapters do not appear to connect so well.

Paulos introduces a number of fairly complex mathematical concepts with jkhn 4 or 5 pages each.

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One final note, the time line of great mathematicians is great. Count Zero rated it it was amazing Jan 15, In particular, I think the nuneracy of Russell’s paradox offer a number of intriguing applications when applied to the social sciences. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Paulos tells it all like the gifted teacher he is, behond the mathematical lore with asides on culture and personalities.


Paulos does a great job of making mathematical principles and ideas make sense to those that don’t typically like math. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Dec 10, Fraser Kinnear rated it liked it. Beyond Numeracy by John Allen Paulos. For those of you who know Paulos’s work, this jon a follow up book to his New York Times bestselling Innumeracy. Return to Book Page. Jan 10, Heidi rated it liked it. This book is a dictionary and so naturally the concepts are arranged in alphabetical order.

numeraxy Mathematics is awesome enough without falling victim to mysticism. But to get really good stuff on topology and probability with plenty of examples is often a bit harder to find in narrative form. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. For example zeno’s paradox comes last. Although I didn’t understand all the math in the book it was interesting to look at math from a non-doing perspective.

Jun 13, May Ling rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Beyond Numeracyplease sign up. Overall, the collection is OK — a few topics are interesting — but for the most part, there’s not much here.

If so, Paulos is motoring on it in the driver’s seat with this wide- ranging follow-up to his best-selling Innumeracy I didn’t actually finish this book.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. More fun stuff that even a non math person will probably find interesting. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Oct 30, Tom Schulte rated it really liked it. Making the numbers work for you.

It took me a couple of months to read through it as I found time.

I think what I like best is that he deals with all of the later theory. May 26, Anthony Faber rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Beyond Numeracy

I guess this is by no means a bad thing, it just means it is not the sort of book you can “work your way into” as such. Reading a math book isn’t something I’d normally do, but it was a good stretch me and I truly found it interesting.

I remember enjoying Innumeracy from Paulos, so I expected to enjoy this book as well. Whether a person enjoys math and numbers or not this book will be beneficial to read and enjoy! Sep 23, Sfensore Sfensore rated it really liked it. I use selected chapters in my community college lectures.