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Summary

Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.  

Whether he is illuminating how often you should flip your mattress to get the maximum lifespan from it, explaining just how Google searches the internet, or determining how many people you should date before settling down, Strogatz shows how math connects to every aspect of life. Discussing pop culture, medicine, law, philosophy, art, and business, Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had. Whether you aced integral calculus or aren't sure what an integer is, you'll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x.

©2012 Steven Strogatz (P)2019 Tantor

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better read than listened to

very interesting book with lots of real life examples. I got the audible version and missed out on the images/diagrams, which would have helped visually with the topics more, but still very good. the author has a clear writing style which helps you follow along while still showing his enthusiasm for the subject. The narrator does an excellent job at getting across the enthusiasm, even for the harder topics, keeping you engaged throughout.

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Mathematics overview

A fun quick trip in arithmetic, maths and geometry that doesn’t labour on the teaching. Like all maths audiobooks can fall down in references to mathematical symbols and graphs but not as frequently as some. Recommended as a refresher

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  • cameron
  • 16-08-19

Great listen

I really enjoyed this audio book, and I learned a good bit about math that I didn’t know. I will put this warning up for some people who have trouble seeing numbers in their head. There are some places in the book that reference big numbers or series of numbers. So those part might be a bit confusing. However there only account for a small portion of the entire book. So if your someone who loves math, someone who’s hoping to give math a second, or someone who finally wants the questions they’ve been asking all their life, where will I use this math in my life? This book is meant for you.

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  • David
  • 13-12-19

really good listen will listen again

Damn Audible requires fifteen words in their OPTIONAL review well i liked the book but really hate the review so go get the book but don't review it.

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  • jimpgh@aol.com
  • 12-11-19

Too short

Too Short. Is there a sequel? enjoyed it very much and will look for similar mathematics books.

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  • James D
  • 16-12-19

WONDERFUL TO LISTEN TO, EASY ON THE MIND

WONDERFUL TO LISTEN TO, EASY ON THE MIND ... I WOULD RECOMEND FOR ALL LEVELS ADN AGES WHO WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE IDEA BEHIND THE MATH

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  • Jim Griggs
  • 11-01-21

Very informative.

Very good and informative but repetitive in some areas. I would recommend to others.

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  • A Teacher
  • 11-12-20

What a wonderful overview of the wide and diverse field of Mathematics

What a great overview of the wide and diverse field of Mathematics. I have enjoyed listening to this book together with my 13 yo son, who had hundreds of questions throughout the journey through this book. What a great conversation starter with a teen who’s otherwise tough to get engaged. I found this book very good to follow. It attracted the curiosity of my teen boy equally as much as mine. The narrator was top notch, too. This audiobook really works, it’s a five star.
Dear Prof. Strogatz, you have this special talent of addressing people across different generations and walks of life. Please keep your books/columns coming. They have a special value in our current society, by pointing out the beauty and satisfaction of deeper insights, the rewards of education. A joyful read/listen from start to finish.

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  • A Taylor
  • 25-11-21

Very informative and thought-provoking!

Loved it. I can't wait to listen to it again. It opened my eyes to the purpose of math principles that I once learned and even enjoyed but only as abstract challenges that did not "stiick" from decades ago. Thanks so much to the author!

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  • Archie R. Whitehill
  • 27-04-21

A complicated joy

An enjoyable journey through various kingdoms within the math universe. Appropriate for those who get along well with math and for those who dont.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-21

Worth it.

Explains math in a way that motivates you to learn. The author, although extremely intelligent, seems extremely approachable.

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  • Kayce Cover
  • 16-07-20

Wonderful book, narrator and subject treatment.

Steven Strogatz is an outstanding story teller, who surprises the audience with humor throughout what has been, in my past education, a subject of austere dryness. Let me rephrase - a subject of absolute dessication. He incites us to claim our place at the table of the study and appreciation and POWER of mathematics. I finished this book feeling empowered, enlightened, and entertained. Well done.

A special appreciation for the narrator, Jonathan Yen. I found him deightful. Funny, compassionate, respectful of one and all, and excellent timing and comedic delivery. He reminds me of Jack Benny, but replacing sarcasm with wit.

I really, really enjoyed this book, and once I finished it the first time, I listened to it again, immediately.