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Alex

Vegan, skeptic, promoter of animal rights.

Rochester, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Berlinski
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he discovers and lucidly describes the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are.

    Alex says: "A combination of banal, confusing, and dull"
    "A combination of banal, confusing, and dull"
    Overall

    I gave up on this book after the sixth chapter. The subject seemed interesting to me, and the book's description intrigued me -- but I was sorely disappointed. Berlinksi is not a good story teller. His narrative is often disjointed, and he tries too hard to be clever. Much of the discussion seemed too obvious to be interesting, whereas parts were just confusing. Overall, a frustrating experience.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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