
A Most Elegant Equation
 Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
 Narrated by: Sean Pratt
 Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
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 Categories: Science & Engineering, Mathematics
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 Kindle Customer
 040918
Good treatment of the subject
Overall a good journey through Euler's formula, with nice side trips through intriging relevant stories that were integral to Euler's great, beautiful equation. However, the author, who is a writer who once majored in math, epresses his sometimes fleeting grasp on the subject with the literary awkwardness. He has a journalist's understanding of mathematics, and the journalistic skill of a mathematician.
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 Andreas Zenker
 060518
Great math book to listen to
Not all math books translate well to audio but in this case it was a really enjoyable listen.
Writing and narration were quite good and the math was approachable even in this format.
The only thing missing is a pdf of the formulas and images from the last few chapters where I found myself wanting to work along with the author. This is not recommended while driving ;) but I may just relisten to that section with a pad of paper so I can scratch out the ideas on paper
Great book!
13 people found this helpful

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 Charlotte A. Hu
 041219
Helped me stay in a conversation with a Quant
I was super impressed with this fun and engaging book. I'm prepping for the GRE, again. And while I'm taking an online trig course, I wanted something mathematical to add to my morning commutes. I listened to several chapters several times because the content can be difficult to follow for a nonmath person like myself. But I surprised myself how much I learned when I found out one of my colleagues has a Masters in Mathematics and we talked about Euler, Euler's formula and the history of mathematics as well as distinctions in Algebra, Trig, etc.
I like the writing style. It's flippant and a little sarcastic. It's a very specific form of humor that fits the topic well.
6 people found this helpful

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Good and Simple
I really liked the math history, and a refreshing view on a beloved equation. however the math explanations are too elementary for anyone with some University mathematics, which can make some demonstrations too lengthy or boring. I still liked it though, and would recommend it to anyone with interest in math, but not quite a profound understanding
6 people found this helpful

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 Blake
 013018
Audible Math Wasn't Too Bad
Maybe it's just me, but I found it pretty easy to follow the math while just listening. Overall an interesting read.
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 Lars Sandum
 011821
missing PDF's!
Amazing book, truly a great story. Euler was a truly astonishing person, needs a PDF!
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 Sooch San Souci
 111718
Engaging, inspired, revealing,
Engaging, inspired, revealing, and I'm only on my second listening. For anyone that knows and studies the language of math, this is a fun listen that will fill gaps large and small. Already eager for my next listening. Enjoy...
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 Jeffrey Check
 081018
way too simplistic if you know math
the elementary level of math the author assumes in the listener starts to get annoying by the 3rd chapter and never lets up. great for a zero math person though. should have said "for english majors" on the cover.
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 Anonymous User
 102620
Insufficient research
No doubt Euler is a gentle genius and deserves to be among the top mathematicians. But according to the Author, only white European mathematicians are worthy of any mention and they discovered almost everything. The others, Chinese, Arabs and Indians get scant mention. The truth is far from that.
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 Amazon Customer
 041820
This does not work as an audible book. Needs PDF
There are pages and pages of equations the author goes over which would be OK if there was a PDF to look at but just as a spoken line it is gibberish. I suspect it is ploy to get you to buy the book also but really it is not worth it. You can get most of the same information on Google.
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 Dale Linney
 041220
Very good.
Lovely exposition of the formula, its history and some of its uses. The author argues for the transcendent beauty of mathematics, but does not trust the audience to share in his wonder, and so couches some deep insights in silly narratives to make them relevant to the layman. The people reading and listening are likely looking for wonder, he should trust them to appreciate it. Its another example of mathematicians feeling apologetic for their passion. Overall though, he is clear and reveals some of the formula's deep connections.
2 people found this helpful

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 Teresa
 071321
I enjoyed this book so much!
Sometimes you need all the focus to draw the formulae in your head. Great narration too.

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 Some Guy
 072019
A great audio adaptation
When I first considered buying this book, I was worried that maths might be a difficult topic to translate into an audio book. As it turns out, it was light on formulas and all very well explained. I would recommend a pen and paper for the latter chapters that delve into infinite series', to ensure you can grasp how they all relate to each other.
Nonetheless, it does justice to important mathematical finding while making sure to stay entertaining at the same time.

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 JayD
 010121
A subtle and engaging overview
Stipp’s approach to a difficult concept is wellstructured, delivered in a manner that gradually reveals the genius of Euler’s equation. It is a book for nonmathematicians with a casual interest in advanced mathematics, however, and in this I think it is quite successful.
The audiobook version (despite the clear, personable narration) needs some form of supporting material to be truly effective. The printed book clearly has diagrams and other visual aids to help with especially difficult concepts yet these have not been provided (as a PDF or web address). Without these, the equations can be offputting and hamper the overall experience.
2 people found this helpful

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 David Sapsford
 042718
Entertaining
Facinating narative and well constructed story; well read and the mathematics was easy to visualise.
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 Mick
 071620
Enjoyable journey illustrating the beauty of Math
As an undergraduate studying advanced mathematics, I have a deep passion for all things math. That said, you do not need to be an avid math enthusiast to enjoy this book. A little curiosity is all you need to be swept up by what is essentially a gentle introduction to the beauty and elegance of mathematics.