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La Vida Secreta De Los Numeros

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  18 reviews
254 pages
Published March 2009 (first published March 15th 2006)
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RemoCPI
Qué lástima. Una idea buena, recopilar 50 artículos de divulgación de matemáticas publicados en un periódico suizo por un físico, matemático y periodista (o al menos eso pone en su CV), se convierte en una decepción mayúscula cuando uno finalmente tiene el libro entre manos.

Para empezar, una cuestión filosófica: Los libros de divulgación son una puerta para que los lectores interesados ahonden en el tema. No puede ser que en más de la mitad de los artículos se diga implemente que "unos matemáti
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Deana
Oct 18, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Number lovers, or those who just want a better understanding of some math stuff
Recommended to Deana by: popular science book list
If I could give this 3.5 stars, I would. The book is really hit or miss. If I were basing it only on the introduction, people section, and concluding sections, it would have a 5. If I were basing it only on the other sections, it would have a two. If you decide to read this book, and you get to a bunch of stories that bore the crap out of you ... DON'T GIVE UP! Just skip to the next section of the book. It's worth your time :)

This book is a collection of short (2-4 page) articles that were origi
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Gavin
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Tiny happy columns on false proofs, primacy wars, Newton as a gigantic loon, and the Swiss maths scene. He assumes no background - explaining primes even - but is concise and so not hand-holding. Lots of repetition because originally standalone columns, lots of bucolia because he likes mathematicians so much. Harsh words for Wolfram, though. The banality of eternal truth:


The next morning Mignotte informed him that he thought the proof [of the 500 hundred year old Catalan conjecture] was corr
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Jessica
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maths
I enjoyed the leap year, world ending, Bernoulli family, an insults stink pieces. Some of the others were a bit dry, but the author did a great job simplifying Topology
Mani Dawattgaran
متن کتاب از نظر محتوایی بسیار پراکنده و بریده بریده است و سرشار از مشکلات ترجمه و تایپ.
Lauren M.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If one surveyed a group of adults and asked them how prevalent a role mathematics plays in their everyday life, most would likely shrug and claim, “Not much.” Many people see math as a required subject in school and that most of it won’t be important or helpful outside of a classroom. To many people math is perceived to be abstract lists of equations and formulas and they can’t see how any of it could be related to their lives. George G. Szpiro’s The Secret Life of Numbers: 50 Easy Pieces on How ...more
Sandra Riverol
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pronto la reseña, sólo puedo decir que es fabuloso.
Andy Cyca
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Este libro es la antología de un columnista suizo que se dedicaba, entre muchas otras cosas, a la divulgación científica. Todo lo que aparece aquí fue escrito originalmente para un periódico en aquel país.

Es necesario tener esto en mente para saber qué tipo de artículos se encontrarán aquí: ensayos cortos, sin ecuaciones ni definiciones matemáticas formales, orientadas principalmente para el hombre a pie que busca la columna como una curiosidad, para satisfacer su curiosidad y aumentar su cultur
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Peter
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of Sunday features for a popular Swiss daily, and Szpiro has a real gift for distilling complicated branches of mathematics into two or three sentences. Unlike many popularizers, he actually understands the math, and his condensations are excellent preparation for delving into the real thing (though not, alas, a substitute).
Pablo
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Es una colección de artículos de tema matemático publicados en un periódico suizo. Son muy interesantes, pero el libro se resiente del formato original (artículos limitados en espacio) y de su enfoque especialmente suizo, aunque ni una cosa ni otra son tan perjudiciales. Despierta la curiosidad sobre muchos matemáticos y sobre la belleza de esa ciencia.
JDK1962
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun little book. As the title suggests, it is 50 short essays about some aspect of mathematics. I have a degree in mathematics, so perhaps I found it more interesting than many would...but I thought it very accessible.
Ami Iida
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
it duplicates math. topics of Poincare's Prize: The Hundred-Year Quest to Solve One of Math's Greatest Puzzles .
You surely need not read the book.

But I have harvest of other math. topics ans they are useful.
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Zenko
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: divulgación, 2010
En el libro se nos presentan un montón de anécdotas curiosas, en concreto 51, explican la vida de algunos matemáticos, e incluso dejan entrever alguna teoría o conjetura contada con pocas palabras.

Llega incluso a contar alguna historia sobre Wolfram (el autor de Mathematica) y John Von Neumann.
Fernanda
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dá vontade de se aprofundar nos temas que o autor aborda.
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Mar 10, 2014 marked it as to-read
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Ryan
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I'm a geek.

But this really bring life to mathematics for the non mathematical.

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George G. Szpiro is an Israeli-Swiss applied mathematician and journalist, who has emerged as a writer of popular science books.

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