If you listen to this book with an open mind it should open you up to a world of objective thinking in sports. It's no fluke what A's General Manager Billy Beane has done with a puny payroll. Michael Lewis has a tremendous ability to describe mundane topics in such a way as to make them exciting. Because of this, Moneyball is a great book for anyone with the slightest interest in either sports or business. Highly recommended read (or listen).
As others have noted, Seife weaves a history of math and mathematical philosophy together with explanations of modern physical theories. I give the book 4 stars for the following reasons; First the audio isn't spectacular, though passable. Second, I have a hard time imagining anyone without a moderate knowledge and interest in both math and physics maintaining interest throughout the whole book. Though the first half is mostly history, the second delves into modern physics with a lot of "formula explanations".
Regardless, a great book. Highly recommended to those with any interest in numbers...
The first time I paid Micahel Moore and heed was for his movie, Bowling for Columbine, which was fantastic. That led me to give this book a listen. The majority of the book is interesting, revealing many connivances concerning the past American election and the corruption of the Bush cabinet. The minority of the book is filled with Moore's ideas on how to fix the state of the nation, which range from illogical to "out there" (an open letter to Yassir Arafat recommending he follow Ghandi's lead?)
Maybe these were jokes, and I'm not up on his humour. Based on his wonderful movie and this book however, I'd say Moore is best left to revealing the problems, not fixing them.
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