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Publisher's summary
An illuminating, millenniaspanning history of the impact mathematics has had on the world, and the fascinating people who have mastered its inherent power, from Babylonian tax officials to the Apollo astronauts to the eccentric professor who invented the infrastructure of the online world.
Counting is not innate to our nature, and without education humans can rarely count past three  beyond that, it’s just “more”. But once harnessed by our ancestors, the power of numbers allowed humanity to flourish in ways that continue to lead to discoveries and enrich our lives today.
Ancient tax collectors used basic numeracy to fuel the growth of early civilization, navigators used clever geometrical tricks to engage in trade and connect people across vast distances, astronomers used logarithms to unlock the secrets of the heavens, and their descendants put them to use to land us on the moon. In every case, mathematics has proved to be a greatly underappreciated engine of human progress.
In this captivating, sweeping history, Michael Brooks acts as our guide through the ages. He makes the case that mathematics was one of the foundational innovations that catapulted humanity from a nomadic existence to civilization, and that it has since then been instrumental in every great leap of humankind. Here are ancient Egyptian priests, Babylonian bureaucrats, medieval architects, dueling Swiss brothers, and renaissance painters. Their stories clearly demonstrate that the invention of mathematics was every bit as important to the human species as was the discovery of fire. From first moment to last, The Art of More brings mathematics back into the heart of what it means to be human.
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Critic reviews
"[A] savvy study. . . . Brooks describes a point when a person hits their 'mathematical limit' and gets overloaded, and encourages readers to avoid that feeling by approaching math with a sense of awe. He expertly maintains that spirit throughout. . . . It’s a showstopping paean to the wonder of numbers."—Publishers Weekly (starred)
"An eyeopening survey of the real world application of mathematics. . . . Challenging the alltoocommon view of mathematics as a boring subject irrelevant to genuine life interests, Brooks unfolds numerous compelling examples showing that mathematics empowers people who perform labors that benefit millions. . . . Behind the powerful formulas, readers also glimpse the often deeply flawed character of the mathematicians who developed them, prompting serious reflection on the need for human wisdom in applying their work. A potent reminder of how mathematics has shaped the modern world."—Booklist (starred)
“What is the driving force behind the development of human civilization? In this unique and surprising book, Michael Brooks makes the case that it is the growth and progress of mathematics—and he does it in a way that will be interesting to the mathematical and mathphobic alike! As entertaining as it is informative, The Art of More takes us on a journey through the ages, demonstrating how mathematics played a crucial role in the evolution of how we live. Not since Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel has there been such an insightful and compelling analysis of how we got here.”—Leonard Mlodinow, New York Times bestselling author of The Drunkard’s Walk
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Maybe I'm upset he doesn't like the same people as me, or just my perception (mistaken or otherwise) that he sees disagreeableness as a negative trait.
I figured he had the view he explained at the end of the book by ch. 2. However Ramanujan was an Indian sought out by a British mathematician, 4 Chan is published in mathematics for solving the Haruhi problem, and Children learn very complex Math to play video games.
Math is very much available to everyone, and has been for a while. More on video games; it has a crazy amount of mathematical analysis done to optimize speedruns, catch cheaters, and plan competitive strategies. Look up Dream Minecraft Math for an example.
Even the examples he gave of people excluded from universities were sought out by the mathematicians that worked at the institutions.
Perhaps it's because Mathematicians could be prideful and competitive, but all good mathematicians deep down know they have to confront their criticisms. So as critical they can be of someone, the honesty of the criticism (correct or not) in a way justifies it.
Also if they could save the page of the PDF as I progress the book and give me a labeled PDF to lookup that would be great. (Look at Fig. 1.10, every math textbook has that and it would make the audiobook much easier to follow).
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Excellent Virtual Tour!
Thank you for doing all the heavy lifting in explaining math concepts in a very comprehensible manner!
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Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space  in the living room or in some other galaxy  have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.


Wow!
 By Eric on 081310
By: Leonard Mlodinow

Infinite Powers
 How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe
 By: Steven Strogatz
 Narrated by: Bob Souer
 Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
 Unabridged

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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.


Not written to be read aloud
 By A Reader in Maine on 022120
By: Steven Strogatz

The Master Algorithm
 How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
 By: Pedro Domingos
 Narrated by: Mel Foster
 Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
 Unabridged

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Under the aegis of machine learning in our datadriven machine age, computers are programming themselves and learning about  and solving  an extraordinary range of problems, from the mundane to the most daunting. Today it is machine learning programs that enable Amazon and Netflix to predict what users will like, Apple to power Siri's ability to understand voices, and Google to pilot cars.


Great book, irritating narration
 By N. G. PEPIN on 092415
By: Pedro Domingos

The Invention of Science
 A New History of the Scientific Revolution
 By: David Wootton
 Narrated by: James Langton
 Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
 Unabridged

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In this fascinating history spanning continents and centuries, historian David Wootton offers a lively defense of science, revealing why the Scientific Revolution was truly the greatest event in our history. The Invention of Science goes back 500 years in time to chronicle this crucial transformation, exploring the factors that led to its birth and the people who made it happen. Wootton argues that the Scientific Revolution was actually five separate yet concurrent events that developed independently.


A Good Read Spoiled
 By David A. Donnelly on 122316
By: David Wootton

Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
 By: Daniel C. Dennett
 Narrated by: Jeff Crawford
 Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
 Unabridged

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Over a storied career, Daniel C. Dennett has engaged questions about science and the workings of the mind. His answers have combined rigorous argument with strong empirical grounding. And a lot of fun. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking offers seventyseven of Dennett’s most successful “imaginationextenders and focusholders” meant to guide you through some of life’s most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind, and free will.


Loved it, but some philosophy background needed.
 By LongerILiveLessIKnow on 111413

Strategic Intuition
 The Creative Spark in Human Achievement
 By: Bill Duggan
 Narrated by: Dennis Holland
 Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
 Unabridged

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How "Aha!" really happens....When do you get your best ideas? You probably answer "At night" or "In the shower" or "Stuck in traffic". You get a flash of insight. Things come together in your mind. You connect the dots. You say to yourself, "Aha! I see what to do." Brain science now reveals how these flashes of insight happen. It's a special form of intuition. We call it strategic intuition, because it gives you an idea for action  a strategy. This new book by William Duggan is the first full treatment of strategic intuition.


Stratigic Intuition
 By Amazon Customer on 121708
By: Bill Duggan

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
 The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman
 By: Richard P. Feynman
 Narrated by: Sean Runnette
 Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
 Unabridged

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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman, from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wideranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science  a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will delight anyone interested in the world of ideas.


Interesting, but material is covered in better book.
 By Erlend on 040616

Spooky Action at a Distance
 The Phenomenon That Reimagines Space and Timeand What It Means for Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Theories of Everything
 By: George Musser
 Narrated by: William Hughes
 Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
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