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How Not to Be Wrong

The Power of Mathematical Thinking
Sprecher: Jordan Ellenberg
Spieldauer: 13 Std. und 29 Min.
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The Freakonomics of math - a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands.

The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it.

Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It’s a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does “public opinion” really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer?

How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God.

Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. How Not to Be Wrong will show you how.

©2014 Jordan Ellenberg (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Not ideal for audiobook

I generally liked the content, but at least not being a native English speaker, found it hard at times to follow. So, if you aren't seasoned in following equations read aloud (in a foreign language) I'd suggest you pick up the book instead.

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  • 10.02.2020

Highly fascinating read

This was a really interesting book and should you read it, you would have lots of stories to share. There are many valuable lessons to be gained, as well. I would recommend this book in particular to those who study mathematics, but aren't really interested in the subject. Mathematics isn't about solving for x but rather about learning how to solve problems efficiently.

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Alright idea, insufferable and smug delivery

I can appreciate what he goes for, but he winds up a worse Lisa Simpson.

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Immensely creative, smart and beautiful

I loved listening through this and throughout most of the book was just mesmerized by the amazing topics presented. A great work of storytelling intertwined with genuine mathematical intuitions. Highly recommended.