
Mathematics
 A Very Short Introduction
 Narrated by: Craig Jessen
 Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
 Unabridged Audiobook
 Release date: 111813
 Language: English
 Publisher: Audible Studios
Regular price: $19.95
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Publisher's Summary
The aim of this audiobook is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, researchlevel mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school. The most fundamental differences are philosophical, and listeners of this audiobook will emerge with a clearer understanding of paradoxicalsounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These are followed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as "Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?").
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 Deede
 051216
Overacting made it impossible to listen to
What did you like best about Mathematics? What did you like least?
Couldn't actually listen to it. The performance was so poor that I had to stop listening. No one actually speaks like that. I thought I was listening to "master thespian" from SNL not a history of mathematics. Ugh.
Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy Gowers again?
Only if someone else narrates.
How could the performance have been better?
YES
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 Anonymous User
 022018
number storm
I love math, but still do not enjoy listening 65 digit numbers read aloud.
The narrator was clear and sometimes story was captivating but many of the things like geometry just do not work well in audio book.
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 Caem586
 072314
Disappointing as an audiobook
What could have made this a 4 or 5star listening experience for you?
More real world examples from every day life would have created a more realistic connection with the concepts covered in this audio book. Much of the information (for me) would have been easier to understand visually. Reading off long strings of numbers and equations doesn't work as well as seeing them on paper/computer screen.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
His breathy ending to every sentence and, frankly, pretentious tone was incredibly distracting for such a detailed audio book.
9 of 15 people found this review helpful

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 V
 030614
Doesn't work as an audiobook!
What disappointed you about Mathematics?
Hearing mathematics makes it difficult to interpret. It has to be seen (at least for me). It is fairly joyless to listen to a long number or equation being read, and it is almost impossible to follow.
I found the readers voice quite irritating too.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The book itself would have been interesting to read. It needs to be seen though. It simply doesn't work as an audiobook.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Craig Jessen?
An English actor perhaps? Timothy Gowers is an English Mathematician. I had assumed it would be an English accent. There's no reason it should be, just my preference in this case. Had it been an American author, I would have preferred an American narrator.
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