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Thinking in Numbers: How Maths Illuminates Our Lives (English Edition)
 
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Thinking in Numbers: How Maths Illuminates Our Lives (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Daniel Tammet
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Revue de presse

Thinking in Numbers is unprecedented: a pitch-perfect duet between mathematics and literature ... Mathematics, Tammet says, is illimitable. It is a language through which the human imagination expresses itself. Presumably this means mathematics has, or deserves, a literature. In Tammet, it already has a laureate. (New Scientist)

A collection of essays on subjects as diverse as Shakespeare and Tolstoy, a rumination on snow and another on chess, as well as a fantastically nuanced piece about his mother. It is a collection which showcases Tammet's extraordinary talent . . . a writer of unique capabilities. (Scotsman Magazine)

An interesting and often beautiful approach: Tammet writes well... and his love of numbers shines from the page... Tammet's discussion of big numbers is fascinating. (Daily Telegraph)

Tammet's choice of subjects is personal, and wonderfully eclectic... What lifts Tammet's entertaining collection above the ordinary are the often surprising links that he sees, explores and explains. (Sunday Telegraph)

Explores the 'what if' of maths and links it with literature and life. He is an exhilarating thinker, an exciting writer, and looks at the world with an eclectic, quizzical eye. (Saga magazine)

Tammet is an accomplished writer with a prose style akin to a warm embrace... scintillating ... enlightens and entertains in (approximately) equal measure. (Daily Express)

When he talks about his own extreme skills, such as his feat of pi memorisation, the book comes alive. (BBC Focus)

Daniel Tammet's unique take on the world will prove that life - not just classroom maths - is more than just a numbers game. (Gay Times)

As fluid with words as with numbers, his essays are artfully constructed: intriguing openings to entice us; interesting snippets of history; accessible but unpatronising tones; neat endings. (Independent)

In Tammet's mind, literature, art and maths are united. For him, maths' real-life applications are not merely tax returns and restaurant bills, but the storytelling of an infinite subject and the reasoning behind our daily existence. (The Huffington Post)

Thinking in Numbers is a mind-expanding, kinetic aesthetic experience. My mind shot off the page, spurred to see universal patterns very much alive in everything from the natural world we share to how imagery and metaphor occur in my own creative process. Tammet's poetic mathematics are beautiful guideposts for thinking about life and even love. As I read, I found myself saying, 'Yes, this is true, and this is true, and this is so true...'


(Amy Tan)

Always informative, always entertaining, Daniel Tammet never loses his respect for the mystery of the universe of number. (JM Coetzee)

Born on a Blue Day introduced us to the extraordinary phenomenon of Daniel Tammet, and Thinking in Numbers enlarges one's wonder at Tammet's mind and his all-embracing vision of the world as grounded in numbers. (Oliver Sacks, MD)

His aim with Thinking in Numbers is to show that mathematics can be as rich, inspiring and human as literature - and to "bruise" the line between fiction and non-fiction... he succeeds magnificently. (Times Literary Supplement)

Présentation de l'éditeur

This is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and mathematical savant, was born to write. In Tammet's world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds. Using anecdotes and everyday examples, Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions and equations underpin all our lives.

Inspired by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn's sixth finger or his mother's unpredictable behaviour, Tammet explores questions such as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person and how we can make sense of those we love.

Thinking in Numbers will change the way you think about maths and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.


Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 366 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 241 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1444737406
  • Editeur : Hodder (16 août 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008RRH3EY
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 SSSSSSSuperbe 13 mars 2013
Par Chateard
Format:Broché
J'ai adoré ce livre, un plaisir à lire et tellement pertinent. En plus je travail mon anglais agréablement en apprenant
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Etonnant par rapport au premier livre 14 février 2013
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Il ne s'agit pas ici d'un livre sur l'Asperger mais bien du livre d'un amaoureux des maths , à la portée de tous : une différence étonnante par rapport au livre présédent
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating and insightful collection of essays 12 septembre 2013
Par Jessica McCann - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
When it comes to math and numbers, generally speaking, I am not a fan. I'm a word girl. And yet, in THINKING IN NUMBERS, Daniel Tammet has found a way to help me appreciate the complexity, the magic and, yes, even the beauty he sees in numbers. Early on in this book of essays, Tammet put math into terms I could understand.

"Like works of literature," he wrote on page 10, "mathematical ideas help expand our circle of empathy, liberating us from the tyranny of a single, parochial point of view. Numbers, properly considered, make us better people." While I wasn't quite yet sold that numbers make us better people, I was intrigued by the analogy and compelled to keep reading.

Tammet is an autistic savant (one who broke the world record for reciting from memory more than 22,500 digits of Pi), and some of his essays are pretty heady. I'll admit, he lost me in a few of them, and I was forced to skim. My brain simply could not wrap around some of his ideas. As a person inspired by words and art, I was most drawn to his essays that related math to those elements.

In "Book of Books," Tammet examines the process of novel writing and the infinite possibilities and configurations the author must consider, much like a mathematical equation. And he introduced me to a novel by Julio Cortazar, titled Hopscotch, with a unique structure that enables readers make their own sense of the story. One can read the chapters consecutively from beginning to end, or in reverse order. One can read only the even numbered chapters, or only the prime numbered ones. And each reader will experience a different story. Wow. As a writer, and as a reader, this mathematical concept of a novel structure blew my mind.

Many of Tammet's essays were thought provoking, some were whimsical. All offered a unique glimpse into the mind of someone who thinks and views the world in ways far different than I. If you love math, or if you enjoy gaining new perspectives on familiar aspects in life, I highly recommend THINKING IN NUMBERS.

p.s. I also have read, enjoyed and recommend Tammet's memoir, BORN ON A BLUE DAY.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating book about numbers in everyday life 4 septembre 2013
Par Susan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Loved this book. I had read "Born on a Blue Day", Tammet's first book and enjoyed it. This new one has chapters on various topics, all relating to the importance of understanding how numbers affect our lives, ranging from chess to the concept of and words for numbers in different cultures. The chapters are short. Fun read for number nerds and for those who think they are math illiterate.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I couldn't put it down... 2 août 2013
Par C. Morris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I'm an acrostic puzzle constructor, and had merely planned to skim this book for a possible quotation solution for one of my puzzles. Instead, I found it so engrossing I couldn't put it down.

Not only is there a puzzle-worthy quotation in just about every chapter (I'm going to have a hard time choosing just one!), Tammet's book is fascinating, and downright poetic at times.

If you're looking for a mathematics text, this is not the book for you. This book is about the beauty of numbers, and a way of thinking about them that opens up a world of infinite possibilities.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read 17 octobre 2013
Par Richard B Lenchus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Very enjoyable and interesting, actually was more than I expected. I would recommend to my friends and think they too would enjoy
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely reccomend to a friend but large portions are boring 9 janvier 2014
Par Alex Willis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Don't get me wrong, this is a FANTASTIC book; that is when it is interesting. Maybe 5 of the chapters make the entire book worth reading ten times over, except the other chapters can be boring, or seem forced although informational and insightful nonetheless. Tammet provides some profoundly deep, yet clear (I'm 15 and had no trouble understanding any portions of his book however 'out-there') and easy to understand, connections between math and literature, between numbers and life, and between infinity and love. Again, definitely worth the $10 and time to read, for math nerds especially, but only if you can power through a few less interesting chapters.
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