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How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Started by Unbeliever, March 18, 2019, 01:28:59 pm

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QuoteThe maths we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. Jordan Ellenberg shows how wrong this view is through stories that show the power of mathematical thinking.

Maths touches everything we do, allowing us to see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives. Maths is the science of not being wrong, worked out through centuries of hard work and argument.

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