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Great listen
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Fantastic
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Wonderfully written!
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Statistics are everywhere, as integral to science as they are to business, and in the popular media hundreds of times a day. In this age of big data, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever if we want to separate the fact from the fiction, the ostentatious embellishments from the raw evidence  and even more so if we hope to participate in the future, rather than being simple bystanders.


very good statistics overview
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These stories from Quanta Magazine map the routes of mathematical exploration, showing listeners how cuttingedge research is done, while illuminating the productive tension between conjecture and proof, theory and intuition. Listeners of The Prime Number Conspiracy are headed on "breathtaking intellectual journeys to the bleeding edge of discovery strapped to the narrative rocket of humanity's neverending pursuit of knowledge," says Quanta editorinchief Thomas Lin.


Better [more relevant] than you might expect.
 By James S. on 093019
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Great listen
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In Significant Figures, acclaimed mathematician Ian Stewart introduces the visionaries of mathematics throughout history. Delving into the lives of twentyfive great mathematicians, Stewart examines the roles they played in creating, inventing, and discovering the mathematics we use today. Through these short biographies, we get acquainted with the history of mathematics.


Fantastic
 By Derek on 112317
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Measurement
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Wonderfully written!
 By Emelie Reuterswärd on 022720
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 Narrated by: Bob Souer
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Better [more relevant] than you might expect.
 By James S. on 093019
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Great story and narration, but lacks rigor...
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Wow!
 By Eric on 081310
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Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon
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 By: Brian Clegg
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Science writing done right
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 By: M. Mitchel Waldrop
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Amazing
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Helpful!
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 By: James Gleick
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Best AudioBook on Math/Physics yet
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Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire
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Broad collection of specific physics applications
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Summary & Analysis of Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe  A Guide to the Book by Steven Strogatz
 By: ZIP Reads
 Narrated by: Michael London Anglado
 Length: 57 mins
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In Infinite Powers, Strogatz attempts to show us the link between the universe and calculus. Everything human civilization has created has been based on some form of calculus, including cellphones, radios, HIV drugs, and human genome technology. Strogatz makes a compelling argument that without integral and differential equations, there would be no modern civilization. Infinite Powers is a classic description of the history, development, and future of calculus, as well as the phenomenal mathematicians who mastered it.
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Publisher's Summary
Without calculus, we wouldn't have cell phones, TV, GPS, or ultrasound. We wouldn't have unraveled DNA or discovered Neptune or figured out how to put 5,000 songs in your pocket.
Though many of us were scared away from this essential, engrossing subject in high school and college, Steven Strogatz's brilliantly creative, downtoearth history shows that calculus is not about complexity; it's about simplicity. It harnesses an unreal number  infinity  to tackle real world problems, breaking them down into easier ones and then reassembling the answers into solutions that feel miraculous.
Infinite Powers recounts how calculus tantalized and thrilled its inventors, starting with its first glimmers in ancient Greece and bringing us right up to the discovery of gravitational waves. Strogatz reveals how this form of math rose to the challenges of each age: how to determine the area of a circle with only sand and a stick; how to explain why Mars goes "backwards" sometimes; how to turn the tide in the fight against AIDS.
As Strogatz proves, calculus is truly the language of the universe. By unveiling the principles of that language, Infinite Powers makes us marvel at the world anew.
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 Amazon Customer
 090519
Elegant, clear, cutting edge.
If you're curious, but mathematically hopeless, this is splendid. I found the opening overview particularly illuminating, but throughout it joins history, to biography, to physics, to math in a clear but not condescending manner.
18 people found this helpful

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 A Reader in Maine
 022120
Not written to be read aloud
Don’t get me wrong—this is a great book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I highly recommend it. But in many parts, the performer has to read aloud some complicated equations that are tough to follow if you are, say, listening while driving. As a statistician, I was familiar with 80% of the concepts discussed and have heard of the rest, and I struggled at times. I recommend buying the book to read, so one can slow down when needed, or listen to it with a pencil and paper handy. That said, this book gave me many new insights and explanations that will inform my teaching going forward.
13 people found this helpful

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 David
 052920
GREAT BOOK! would be nice to have a PDF
If you enjoy math and Steven Strogatz... you're probably a nerd like me and have already read this or similar books many times, and you know its good. 😁 If you are just interested in math and want to hear it explained in an entertaining and informative, this is a great book to read. it would benefit from a PDF for some illustrations, but even without that it is easy to follow.
7 people found this helpful

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 M. McCreary
 021020
Read the book
This is a great discussion of the development and use of calculus, but if you're not comfortable with the topic, the audiobook isn't the best way to read it. The narrator does a great job, but with so many equations in the text, it's just easier to read the hard copy.
7 people found this helpful

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 Anonymous
 090519
Great for those learning calculus
I'm in differential equations right now this is a good overview of the theories of calculus and covers aspects missed in lectures
12 people found this helpful

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 Julian G.
 013020
Great overbiew
I'm not a math person by trade although I do enjoy mathematics. This book is a great way to get a wide breadth idea of the history of calculus. I suggest this book to anyone who kind of wants to know about the math without getting too into the Weeds about how to do it. Beautifully written and excellently narrated.
5 people found this helpful

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 Tyler
 122919
Beautiful
As a young newly inspired fellow, I’ve been surprisingly driven to read and listen to such books as Strogatz’s here. It gorgeously weaves often difficult to imagine notions of mathematics into a web of relevance. I am registered to take calculus in the next semester, and could not have imagined a better primer. I’m hooked. I am craving to learn more, and this book has teased the desire for advancement to an incredible degree. I’ve listed this book as one I must return to after actually learning to DO the calculus he dances around. But until then, I have only dreamy things to say about the book. Narration is wonderful. As with any scientific / mathematic audio, there are tedious portions where it becomes difficult to follow given the nature of embedding equations and proofs into paragraphs. But this is, to me, apparent and obvious. I like to consider the portions of technical speak as a challenge to myself whether I can follow. I’ll repeat it several times until I understand or decide I’m not quite studied enough to understand more deeply than I do. Mathematics is a language of translating “reality” into symbols and back again, judging their synergy along the way. To expect a book on mathematics NOT to contain technical paragraphs, is a mistake. I loved them. If you are reading reviews looking for fuel to motivate your own decision, do it. Especially if you are willing to be curious. If you would like to learn. And if you want to explore the universe, mathematics is nestled amongst the best available tools to do so. Dive in. Enjoy.
3 people found this helpful

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 Anonymous User
 030820
history
explains calculus but not heavy on math Lots of illustrations. good for teaching anyone at any age
2 people found this helpful

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 Timothy S.
 012420
Infinitely Awesome! So much fun.
Missing insight on eastern math is meaningless compared to the tale of modern infinities. Fun listen on headphones but some pencil and paper moments when a peek at the math is required.
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 P. Sandwall
 052220
beware the reader
listening now and will finish because I'm a completionist but... this reader hurts my head, he feels like someone scratching a chalkboard. I'm actually not going to finish this, it's that painful. maybe a personal issue but damn.
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 Dirk Bertels
 061220
inspiring
Excellent book, well narrated. Lots of anecdotes I haven't heard before, even with my keen interest in maths. Just would have been great if a PDF was provided with a brief overview of the actual math sections involving math notation. Steven Strogatz is an inspiring writer, I do recommend his other books as well.

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 David Sapsford
 031320
Excellent
good storyline for the why of calculus plus the historical perspective easy to stop and start without losing the plot

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 Anonymous User
 120419
Great audiobook
Recommended for anyone with a basic to advanced knowledge of calculus. Well narrated with a descriptive story.

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 Systems 157, Inc.
 092019
And why school maths has it all wrong...
It is truly an intellectual crime the way maths is taught in schools, and this, yet another great mathematics based story, so continually gripping in revealing how amazing our understanding of the universe and its workings is through the intellectual lens of maths, plus the fascinating odyssey humans and the star historical players have taken us on throughout history demonstrates how alive, engaging, enthralling and important mathematics truly is to humans, that our global education system fails to empart and provide the passion, knowledge and appreciation this subject deserves, makes it a crime of infinitely incalculable proportions! Well done yet again Professor Strogatz, I am in complete awe at your work yet again, well done... RE: "A Mathematicians Lament"  has it so correct!!