Friday, April 6, 2012
Some Neat Lines, A Lot of Fluff
It turned out to be fairly interesting, and definitely an easy read. I don't think any of the actual math was new - a lot of it was very similar to the math section of 1,2,3....Infinite and the remainder was mostly my CMSC 203 class - discrete math. But it was a nice reminder I guess. What I found a little annoying was the juvenility of some of the examples - the book is peppered with games that "illustrate" the concepts being explained. But maybe it's aimed at a juvenile audience, I don't know. It just seemed like a little too much filler. And on the other hand, some of the most interesting math was glossed over, so that I found myself wishing he explained A->B in a little more detail. But there was good too - I think what I found strongest were his examples of math in nature - especially the prime number cicadas and the three-colored lizards. What a world we live in, huh?
I guess it's not his fault that this isn't my first math book. I would have gotten more out of it if I didn't already know most of the stuff. But I'm glad it's not my first, because I think those other ones did a better job explaining the concepts than he did. Overall, it wasn't hard to read though, and it was a nice refresher. Not too taxing on the brain, and good reminder of the neatness of mathematics.