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A Most Elegant Equation
 Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
 Narrated by: Sean Pratt
 Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
 Categories: Science & Engineering, Mathematics
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 Dale Linney
 120420
Very good.
Lovely exposition of the formula, its history and some of its uses. The author argues for the transcendent beauty of mathematics, but does not trust the audience to share in his wonder, and so couches some deep insights in silly narratives to make them relevant to the layman. The people reading and listening are likely looking for wonder, he should trust them to appreciate it. Its another example of mathematicians feeling apologetic for their passion. Overall though, he is clear and reveals some of the formula's deep connections.

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 Some Guy
 200719
A great audio adaptation
When I first considered buying this book, I was worried that maths might be a difficult topic to translate into an audio book. As it turns out, it was light on formulas and all very well explained. I would recommend a pen and paper for the latter chapters that delve into infinite series', to ensure you can grasp how they all relate to each other. Nonetheless, it does justice to important mathematical finding while making sure to stay entertaining at the same time.

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 Andreas Zenker
 050618
Great math book to listen to
Not all math books translate well to audio but in this case it was a really enjoyable listen. Writing and narration were quite good and the math was approachable even in this format. The only thing missing is a pdf of the formulas and images from the last few chapters where I found myself wanting to work along with the author. This is not recommended while driving ;) but I may just relisten to that section with a pad of paper so I can scratch out the ideas on paper Great book!
10 people found this helpful

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 Kindle Customer
 090418
Good treatment of the subject
Overall a good journey through Euler's formula, with nice side trips through intriging relevant stories that were integral to Euler's great, beautiful equation. However, the author, who is a writer who once majored in math, epresses his sometimes fleeting grasp on the subject with the literary awkwardness. He has a journalist's understanding of mathematics, and the journalistic skill of a mathematician.
9 people found this helpful

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 Christopher Alexander Teale Maldonado
 160418
Good and Simple
I really liked the math history, and a refreshing view on a beloved equation. however the math explanations are too elementary for anyone with some University mathematics, which can make some demonstrations too lengthy or boring. I still liked it though, and would recommend it to anyone with interest in math, but not quite a profound understanding
4 people found this helpful

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 Blake
 300118
Audible Math Wasn't Too Bad
Maybe it's just me, but I found it pretty easy to follow the math while just listening. Overall an interesting read.
4 people found this helpful

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 Sooch San Souci
 171118
Engaging, inspired, revealing,
Engaging, inspired, revealing, and I'm only on my second listening. For anyone that knows and studies the language of math, this is a fun listen that will fill gaps large and small. Already eager for my next listening. Enjoy...
2 people found this helpful

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 Charlotte A. Hu
 120419
Helped me stay in a conversation with a Quant
I was super impressed with this fun and engaging book. I'm prepping for the GRE, again. And while I'm taking an online trig course, I wanted something mathematical to add to my morning commutes. I listened to several chapters several times because the content can be difficult to follow for a nonmath person like myself. But I surprised myself how much I learned when I found out one of my colleagues has a Masters in Mathematics and we talked about Euler, Euler's formula and the history of mathematics as well as distinctions in Algebra, Trig, etc. I like the writing style. It's flippant and a little sarcastic. It's a very specific form of humor that fits the topic well.
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 F. Ali
 080419
confusing
the math is a bit confusing, but for an audio book I guess that's expected
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 Highmarks
 271120
Not a good audible book
While many books that explain math concepts proclaim only a rudimentary math knowledge is required this is not one of those books. By chapter 9 it is all complex math concepts explained with equations. With out diagrams to follow even the slightest distraction will have you rewinding. Unless your Leonard Euler

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 Anonymous User
 261020
Insufficient research
No doubt Euler is a gentle genius and deserves to be among the top mathematicians. But according to the Author, only white European mathematicians are worthy of any mention and they discovered almost everything. The others, Chinese, Arabs and Indians get scant mention. The truth is far from that.

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 Amazon Customer
 180420
This does not work as an audible book. Needs PDF
There are pages and pages of equations the author goes over which would be OK if there was a PDF to look at but just as a spoken line it is gibberish. I suspect it is ploy to get you to buy the book also but really it is not worth it. You can get most of the same information on Google.