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The Modern Scholar: Mathematics Is Power

Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: History, World
4 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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William Goldbloom Bloch is a respected professor of mathematics at Wheaton College. This intriguing lecture series, Mathematics Is Power, delves into both the history of mathematics and its impact on people’s everyday lives from a non-mathematician’s perspective. Bloch first examines the history of mathematics and age-old questions pertaining to logic, truth, and paradoxes. Moving on to a discussion of how mathematics impacts the modern world, Bloch also explores abstract permutations such as game theory, cryptography, and voting theory.

©2013 William Bloch (P)2013 Crescite Group, LLC

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Interesting!

Lecturer talks about Mathematics in a way that you can understand if you haven't taken advanced math classes, although I'm sure there will be a deeper appreciation if you have. I love math and the author did a great job explaining concepts using very interesting examples.

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A review from a mathematician

I'll begin by addressing what pertains to any reader, mathematician or not. This book is a general overview of several "flashy" topics in mathematics, as well as a superficial treatment of more base theory behind those ideas.

The reader is obviously a mathematician and his enthusiasm shows in his narration; however, because he is more mathematician than narrator, the listen can seem somewhat droning at times. That said, he does an admirable job describing complex topics in a simplified manner.

For the general reader: I feel the author's efforts to blunt the theory falls too short at times. You are often asked to visualize some very complex geometric structures that most initiates in mathematics take days or weeks to understand. The material is attainable for the layperson, but the topics are only superficially treated and true appreciation for the underlying theory will only be gained in a handful of instances.

For the mathematician: You will obviously not learn anything earth-shattering or new here; however, the alternative perspective is nice. You will find his conceptualizations sometimes a bit contrite, but some are very interesting.

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Good basic course

But too American with pennies and baseball references and in believing that only few people uses military time. Also, he seems to confuse Nash equilibrium with Pareto optimal for some reason. In any case, it is unconventional to say, that the prisoners dilemma has no Nash equilibrium.

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Excellent

Loved it. These lectures tied together many of the concepts I studied in the 60s and 70s.

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Lecture series that paints any interesting picture

Each lecture provides a clear picture about the fundamentals of nathan in an easily understandable way.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-01-16

maths is a challenging subject to convey by audio

However this is a very good audio book if you want to know more about the general history of different branches of maths and get an overview of their concepts.

It is good for understanding the bigger picture. Less good if cannot visualise some of the concepts described. So some learners will struggle.

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