Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman (A Review)

Monday, 21 November 2011

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman (A Review)

The bestselling story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth

My review:
Whilst there were parts of this book which I enjoyed immensely, humourous and/or interesting as they were, the mathematical parts generally caused me much confusion. I guess I should have expected this in a book about 'the search for mathematical truth', but I felt that there was much more of this aspect than the bit about Paul Erdos' life. Why did he love maths so much? What about his relationships with other people? How did non-mathematicians react to him? These questions were only briefly touched on.
In short, this is a book which those with a good mathematical knowledge will probably enjoy immensely, but for those of us not so mathematically inclined it will be of interest at best. 

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