Oliver Sampson's Reviews > The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics

The Math Book by Clifford A. Pickover
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The idea of devoting a one page explanation to a particular mathematical topic, explaining it in simple (enough) language so that a mathematical person, but not necessarily a mathematician, can understand the concept, and accompanying it with a beautiful related image is a wonderful idea, and it is executed here very well. What greatly takes away from the book is Mr. Pickover's raging anti-German comments, using every opportunity to pull in the Holocaust either in reference to a Jewish mathematician directly or tangentially thereby affected, or to a German mathematician. The comments approach snark and self-parody, and are uncalled for in this otherwise wonderful volume.
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