Mathematics is the science of numbers. However, have you ever stopped to ask - who are the people behind the amazing formulas that have helped mankind find solutions to everyday probabilities?
The Amazing People Club invites you to explore the exciting world of five amazing mathematicians. Their inspirational stories were not always about number crunching as we know it, as they strived in the search for 'truth' via theory.
Gain an insight into how George Boole was inspired to combine logic with mathematics to reduce risks, developing calculations that although complex, enabled people to make better judgements. Immerse yourself in the life of Ada Lovelace, the 'Enchantress of Numbers'. Her intellect and skill in mathematics led to her developing a plan for calculating sequence, which is now recognized as the first computer program. Be inspired by the genius minds of Rene Descartes, Carl Gauss and Alan Turing, whose skills within mathematics, science and technology have formed the basis for how we still assess probabilities and find solutions to this very day.
Each story comes to life through BioViews. These are short biographical narratives, similar to interviews. They provide an easy way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world.
©2012 Charles Margerison (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I enjoyed this. I like my tech/math learning mixed with bios and personal color, a bit like "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." Dealing with numbers for a long time, I like to switch to related, but story-type stuff, so I can still stay within the subject while relaxing and letting my mind rest and refresh a bit. Here, the pseudo-autobiography style, as if in the voices of the mathematicians speaking of their own lives, worked alright. I wish these were longer though, because by necessity, the author must compress big, deep-thinking and event-filled lives into short times, and a lot is left out. The big math ideas are not deeply addressed at all. So, it serves to learn more elsewhere about the math AND the lives. It might help a young person, especially a bright and inquisitive one, to feel motivated to dig into the subjects more.
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