“Power of Mathematical Thinking” by Jordan Ellenberg unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands.
This is kind of “mathematical thinking” referred to extension of common sense by other means. Ellenberg’s talent for finding real life situations that enshrine mathematical principles would be the envy of any math teacher.
Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretic developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. He reported that is an atomic powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense vastly multiplying its reach and strength.
‘Power of Mathematical Thinking’
Armed with the tools of mathematics we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How soon should you get to the airport?. What does “public opinion” really represent?. Why do tall parents have shorter children?. Who really won Florida in 2000?. And how likely are you really to develop cancer?.
Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a wide range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages and the development of non Euclidean geometry.
The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. ”Ellenberg” shows us how terribly limiting for this view. ”Math” is not limited to abstract accidents that never occurs in real life but rather touches everything we do the whole world is shot through with it.