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Publisher's Summary
Many people take math in high school and promptly forget much of it. But math plays a part in all of our lives all of the time, whether we know it or not. In The Joy of x, Steven Strogatz expands on his hit New York Times series to explain the big ideas of math gently and clearly, with wit, and insight.
Whether he is illuminating how often you should flip your mattress to get the maximum lifespan from it, explaining just how Google searches the internet, or determining how many people you should date before settling down, Strogatz shows how math connects to every aspect of life. Discussing pop culture, medicine, law, philosophy, art, and business, Strogatz is the math teacher you wish you'd had. Whether you aced integral calculus or aren't sure what an integer is, you'll find profound wisdom and persistent delight in The Joy of x.
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 cameron
 081619
Great listen
I really enjoyed this audio book, and I learned a good bit about math that I didn’t know. I will put this warning up for some people who have trouble seeing numbers in their head. There are some places in the book that reference big numbers or series of numbers. So those part might be a bit confusing. However there only account for a small portion of the entire book. So if your someone who loves math, someone who’s hoping to give math a second, or someone who finally wants the questions they’ve been asking all their life, where will I use this math in my life? This book is meant for you.
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 David
 121319
really good listen will listen again
Damn Audible requires fifteen words in their OPTIONAL review well i liked the book but really hate the review so go get the book but don't review it.
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 jimpgh@aol.com
 111219
Too short
Too Short. Is there a sequel? enjoyed it very much and will look for similar mathematics books.
3 people found this helpful

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 James D
 121619
WONDERFUL TO LISTEN TO, EASY ON THE MIND
WONDERFUL TO LISTEN TO, EASY ON THE MIND ... I WOULD RECOMEND FOR ALL LEVELS ADN AGES WHO WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE IDEA BEHIND THE MATH
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 Kayce Cover
 071620
Wonderful book, narrator and subject treatment.
Steven Strogatz is an outstanding story teller, who surprises the audience with humor throughout what has been, in my past education, a subject of austere dryness. Let me rephrase  a subject of absolute dessication. He incites us to claim our place at the table of the study and appreciation and POWER of mathematics. I finished this book feeling empowered, enlightened, and entertained. Well done. A special appreciation for the narrator, Jonathan Yen. I found him deightful. Funny, compassionate, respectful of one and all, and excellent timing and comedic delivery. He reminds me of Jack Benny, but replacing sarcasm with wit. I really, really enjoyed this book, and once I finished it the first time, I listened to it again, immediately.