As so much of Leonardo of Pisa's life and influence is unverified, I still found this an interesting quick look into some of the way he may have influAs so much of Leonardo of Pisa's life and influence is unverified, I still found this an interesting quick look into some of the way he may have influenced or been influenced by the time and works he created. I would like to get a copy of some of Leonardo of Pisa's actual work. ...more

A very delightful approach to mathematics. It was lighthearted and touched on subjects that would interest most audiences. I think the statistical gamA very delightful approach to mathematics. It was lighthearted and touched on subjects that would interest most audiences. I think the statistical gambling section would be of particular interest to a few friends of mine and I will have to pass along at least these sections. ...more

This was really fun. I especially enjoyed the information relating to the "experiencing self" and the self seen in memory. Also the plethora of gambliThis was really fun. I especially enjoyed the information relating to the "experiencing self" and the self seen in memory. Also the plethora of gambling examples is always fun. Interesting bit there about people with colostomy's there at the end. I actually just acquired an illeostomy myself and can sympathize with the sentiment. ...more

So this was pretty good. I had it on my to read list for awhile so I may have built it up a bit too much in my mind before getting started though becaSo this was pretty good. I had it on my to read list for awhile so I may have built it up a bit too much in my mind before getting started though because I kept waiting for the book to "pick up" in some areas. Overall though good read, really enjoyable. A lot of these anecdotes have been used before though. I think he could have come up with a few more unique scenarios. Still it was fun. I have always thought the wine ratings were a bit suss anyway. ...more

This is the kind of book that we non mathematical minds can easily digest and love. It gives you an epic scope of the number of minds that it takes toThis is the kind of book that we non mathematical minds can easily digest and love. It gives you an epic scope of the number of minds that it takes to build new ideas. I doubt if Fermat had actually solved this theorem correctly, but this is impossible to prove. Fermat's theorem however was not impossible to prove! It was solved! Thanks to the efforts of many men (and women!) over many lifetimes and one final man who had the determination and persistence to finish the unthinkable. This book has a lot of wonderful elements, and really exemplifies a love of mathematics. Although if you want to actually understand the theorem this book may not be for you! I can honestly say reading it did not put the theorem in any more digestible light than it started out with. Perhaps it was to the authors advantage to skip the technicalities and focus on the enjoyment of the journey. I personally loved this approach, but it may not be for everyone, especially if you are actually looking to understand the theorem (a massive undertaking that is really not in my repertoire to comment on). ...more

Fucking brilliant book! This is exactly what I was looking for. I could feel myself getting excited as I started to mentally piece together Einstein'sFucking brilliant book! This is exactly what I was looking for. I could feel myself getting excited as I started to mentally piece together Einstein's equations and logic for myself. Then about three quarters into it the Math started blowing my mind and I felt my head exploding. Perhaps I needed more differential calculus to understand that bit. I wanted to get out graphing paper and start calculating everything for myself but then again since it was all so well laid out in the book I just carried on and marveled at the beauty and simplicity of the findings. The only thing that was kind of unnerving was the sweet kind of cartoon drawings peppered throughout the work. As the math started to get harder the drawings felt like they were taunting you. Almost like this is kiddy stuff why can't you get it. You would look over at the bunny in the picture and think, damn you rabbit what do you know about time in space...which inevitably led to thinking about the book flatland and imagining what would have happened in flatland had the bunny been introduced. An entirely circular and unnecessary point. Obviously the page with the bunny on it was absolutely grueling. ...more

I refuse to beat myself up too badly for not understanding most of this book. I realize I know almost nothing fundamentally about electricity, and ofI refuse to beat myself up too badly for not understanding most of this book. I realize I know almost nothing fundamentally about electricity, and of course as usual I got swamped in the mathematics. Maxwell also does not do you any favors in way of long explanation. He gets right to the point and does it more with numbers than words. ...more

This is an absolutely phenomenal work. Let me break it down for you. Topics covered: DNA and RNA replication, Artificial Intelligence, Zen Buddism, EsThis is an absolutely phenomenal work. Let me break it down for you. Topics covered: DNA and RNA replication, Artificial Intelligence, Zen Buddism, Eschers artwork, Computer programming, Bachs fugues, a whole host of literary paradoxes and critical thinking exercises wow fun! Now let me tell you what all of this great information rests in, the framework of mathematics housed by Godels own theorems and proof. Yikes! Luckily the author understands that not all of us think mathematically. Don't get me wrong its math, there is no getting around it. But he presents the material in so many various forms. He uses Lewis Carols interaction between Achilles and the Tortoise to help make mental connections for those of us who are literary minded (thank you!) and artwork for those of us who are visually minded. And then long strands of proofs in, yes you guessed it, mathematical formulas and the like as the bulk of the work. It is a staggering accomplishment, I was especially impressed by his using Achilles the Tortoise and the Crab (plus Genes) to get ATCG for the DNA portion. Very clever! I will say that I can't comment on how much of math I actually understood. I can say that his mingling of approaches lead me to a great deal of conclusions and just as with everything in math you get those great Ah Hah! moments where it all seems to come together and you make those connections that you have been meandering around for awhile. It is one of the fun things about math that doesn't often duplicate itself in other portions of life. A work worth taking your time over. ...more

I am trying to work my way through some mathematical studies and thought this would be interesting. It was a nice but also maybe boring? I usually likI am trying to work my way through some mathematical studies and thought this would be interesting. It was a nice but also maybe boring? I usually like reading the histories of math and was excited at the onset by the Babylonian character first introduced. But then the author almost seemed to apologize for his style, dismiss the character and hurry off to the next one. He then adopts a style of quickly getting you interested in the character and then dropping them off at the dock before you get to have too many wild adventures aboard. Perhaps a few well written biographies would have been better, or a few more wild adventures? I don't know if the personal details about each of these characters necessarily helped. Perhaps either focus on the math or interweave a good biography with the math, but not with so many different characters that you cant get attached to loving the math or the characters. Anyway the math portion was good and I do think that symmetry is important as it has proven time and time again in both math and physics as well as the natural world so its hard to say. Still was a bit boring though, although I liked the subject matter. ...more

I was so excited to get this book. I have a minor obsession with the golden section/ratio. I have always somewhere deep in my heart hoped that stringI was so excited to get this book. I have a minor obsession with the golden section/ratio. I have always somewhere deep in my heart hoped that string theory would turn out to have strings vibrating at ratios or frequencies somehow related to the golden section. Unfortunantly I already knew everything in this book. Nuts~! I was hoping to get some new information. I don't think that is a fair reason to say that the book was not great. It was still really fun. ...more