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The Hidden Geometry of Absolutely Everything

Jordan Ellenberg

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Allen Lane
04 June 2021
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A whip-smart, entertaining exploration of the geometry that underlies our world, from the bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong How should a democracy choose its representatives? How does Covid-19 spread? How do computers teach themselves chess, and why is chess easier for them than analyzing a sentence? What should your kids study in school if they really want to learn to think? All of these are questions about geometry. Seriously!

Jordan Ellenberg reveals the mathematics behind some of the most important scientific, political and philosophical conundrums we face. The word 'geometry', from the Greek, means 'measuring the world'. If anything, geometry doesn't just measure the world, it explains it. Shape shows us how.
By:   Jordan Ellenberg
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 34mm
Weight:   577g
ISBN:   9780241510452
ISBN 10:   0241510457
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   04 June 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jordan Ellenberg is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, and the Sunday Times-bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong, as well as an award-winning novel, The Grasshopper King. He has lectured around the world on his research in number theory, and writes regularly for The New York Times, Washington Post and Wired.

Reviews for Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Absolutely Everything

Shape is a triumph of mathematical exposition, exposing profound truths - from the nature of distance to the predictability of randomness - as well as profound mistakes - from historical misattributions to Supreme Court justice hardheadedness - with eloquence and hilarious wit. Ellenberg's evident affection for both his subject and his reader makes us feel like the lucky ones who get to hear him hold forth in an intimate setting about his favorite subject, mathematics -- Cathy O'Neil Unreasonably entertaining new book . . . Shape makes geometry entertaining. Really, it does . . . For all Ellenberg's wit and play (and his rightful admiration of some excellent 19th-century beards), the real work of Shape is in codifying that geometry on the page . . . To Ellenberg, geometry is not a reprieve from life but a force in it - and one that can be used for good, ill and for pleasures of its own. It binds and expands our notions of the world, the web of the real and the abstract -- Parul Sehgal * New York Times * Serious mathematics at its intriguing, transporting best . . . [A] humorous, anecdotally rich dive into numerous mathematical theories * Kirkus *


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