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# Coincidences, Chaos, and All That Math Jazz: Making Light of Weighty Ideas

**â€œA profusely illustrated, bemusingly unorthodox introduction to math.â€â€” Booklist**

*Coincidences*fuses a professorâ€™s understanding of the hidden mathematical skeleton of the universe with the sensibility of a stand-up comedian, making lifeâ€™s big questions accessible and compelling. Each chapter opens with a surprising insightâ€”not a ...more

Paperback, 288 pages

Published
October 17th 2006
by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 2005)

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They begin with probability and chaos theory and work their way to degrees of infinity. Along the way they make stops around statistics, number theory and cryptography, Fibonacci numbers, the go ...more

I wanted this book to be better than it is. It's a fine book, but I had, perhaps, unrealistic expectations. It introduces non-maths types to various mathematical concepts (chaos, infinity, etc.) in a way that is very accessible. But then it sort of dumps us there - "whee! wasn't that fun?!" I would have much preferred that it go a bit deeper. But it's probably quite good for those who have no interest in math to begin with.

Apr 21, 2008
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Someone who wants to learn a little about real life mathematics.

This book is a great for anyone who is not into Math. There are lots of pictures and no equations, and the book is written in a very conversational style.

It can also be considered the most challenging of all the Pop-Sci Maths books I have read but only if you want it to be. If you insist on following the autho ...more

It is great for what it is. As someone who has been introduced to all of the topics presented in the book more rigorously, I sometimes wanted the author to present the topic in a more practical way, but in general I fo ...more

Still the book is enjoyable, and litt ...more

I had hopes for this book. It opened strong with a concise description of coincidence and chaos, but quickly diverges from these topics. After a while the quips feel distracting. And in the end it was generally unsatisfying.

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