The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics, from One to Infinity by

Steven H. Strogatz
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5 of 5 stars
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This is a mile-wide and inch-deep overview of mathematics. That is to say, it shines a light on a wide variety of subdisciplines, running from counting through subjects like topology, using rudimentary examples to give the reader insight into the kind of problems that can be solved. The book employs graphics, intuitive examples, and step-by-step explanation to clarify mathematics for individuals who didn’t get on so well with the subject the first time around.

The book’s thirty short chapters are divided into six sections: numbers (arithmetic,) relationships (roots, powers, etc.,) shapes (geometry,) change (calculus,) data (statistics,) and frontiers (group theory, topology, analysis, etc.) Like most popular mathematics books, formulas and equations are avoided to the extent possible. Even the notes that elaborate for curious readers use mathematical notation sparingly.

If you’re looking to give math a second try, this wouldn’t be a bad overview to get started. I don’t think it would be of much benefit to anyone who’s stayed in touch with mathematics, but it makes a fine light overview of the subject.

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Based on the cover design, it seems to be designed for a younger audience. Perhaps primarily aimed at a Young Adult audience who might be intimidated by their math classes?

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Could be. The examples seem geared toward a general audience, though. Rather, than trying to appeal to a specific demographic. But it’s not complex writing.

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