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# A Numerate Life: A Mathematician Explores the Vagaries of Life, His Own and Probably Yours

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Employing intuitive ideas from mathematics, this quirky "meta-memoir" raises questions about our lives that most of us don't think to ask, but arguably should: What part of memory is reliable fact, what part creative embellishment? Which favorite presuppositions are unfounded, which statistically biased? By conjoining two opposing mindsets--the suspension of disbelief requ
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ebook, 206 pages

Published
November 10th 2015
by Prometheus Books

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The book ultimately disappointed me because it was so profoundly disjointed. Paulos chose not to employ a chronological ap ...more

Managing expectations skillfully, Paulos says at one point: “I am that rather odd creature: a mathematician who writes, and t ...more

As a caveat, I'm a little geeky on the math stuff and I find it fascinating that the more you experience that mathematically the more likely you are to end up in the same place as other people with lots of experience. It certainly has proved true ...more

The book has neither a chronological nor a thematic approach, and for that it's a bit difficult to follow. Sometimes he seems to have no clear path or purpose in what he is telling. Besides, there is no depth in mathematical thinking ...more

The premise of the book is great, a mathematician analizing daily aspects of his (and somehow our) life?? Bring it on!..but it turned out to be a mathematician overly trying to analize every aspect of the world, mentioning random thoughts about his previous books, mixing it with complex mathem ...more

In the book Paulos ruminates over his own life and ponders how well we really know people in biographies, the self, how well we know ourselves and intersperses a lot of mathematical and cultural remarks. The book doesn't, however, provide a great deal o ...more

**means**to write an autobiography. Call those parts of the book a

*meta-autobiography*. Early in his story he describes some events in his youth that inspired him to become a mathematician. They involved a disagreement between Paulos and one of his teachers regarding how an earned run average should be properly calculated in baseball. ...more

I just finished reading A Numerate Life and found it delightful and enlightening. More interested in literature, I've never been good at math and have long suffered from math anxiety, but I'd read so much about Paulos' books that I decided to try his new one. I loved the very unusual memoir that runs through the book and was surprised to find that I also understood the math parts, which were intuitively explained and shed real light on the biographical points he made ...more

Really enjoyed this book - will be reading his prior books when I get a chance ...more

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