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 The Biggest Ideas in Math from Quanta
 Narrated by: Bob Souer
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Publisher's Summary
These stories from Quanta Magazine map the routes of mathematical exploration, showing listeners how cuttingedge research is done, while illuminating the productive tension between conjecture and proof, theory and intuition. Listeners of The Prime Number Conspiracy are headed on "breathtaking intellectual journeys to the bleeding edge of discovery strapped to the narrative rocket of humanity's neverending pursuit of knowledge," says Quanta editorinchief Thomas Lin.
Quanta is the only popular publication that offers indepth coverage of the latest breakthroughs in understanding our mathematical universe. It communicates mathematics by taking it seriously, wrestling with difficult concepts and clearly explaining them in a way that speaks to our innate curiosity about our world and ourselves.
Listeners of this volume will learn that prime numbers have decided preferences about the final digits of the primes that immediately follow them (the "conspiracy" of the title); consider whether math is the universal language of nature (allowing for "a unified theory of randomness"); discover surprising solutions (including a pentagon tiling proof that solves a centuryold math problem); ponder the limits of computation; measure infinity; and explore the eternal question: "Is mathematics good for you?"
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 James S.
 093019
Better [more relevant] than you might expect.
I generally prefer downtoearth, practical narratives when I choose my Audibles. Pure maths usually aren't on my list, particularly when one narrow topic is being advertised. But I had a feeling this Audible would be better than that, after having just finished Quanta's other Audible on topics in Physics, which is now at or near the top of my list of favorite Audibles. (Choose either one to listen to first, they don't overlap.)
I found the theme of this Audible to partly complement Love and Math, by Edward Frenkel, though I had hoped for more connections to be made.
Overall, I think this Audible is very well written, it flows well, it's entertaining, and it's narrated by one of the greatest narrators you could ever hope to have for this sort of topic. I didn't enjoy it as much as the Physics one by Quanta, but probably because I thought that one was phenomenal.
17 people found this helpful

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 Michael Hanrahan
 101720
Profoundly uninteresting
This audiobook is a sleeper.
I do have to admit that the idea was good, but the presentation was so poor it was hard to get through.
I would not recommend this book to anybody, young or old, math inclined or not. Sorry, that's just how I feel.
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 Bravo
 081122
Great book for mathematically interested people
This book is a wonderful read for anyone looking for mathematical inspiration. I read it anytime I am feeling lost or need motivation. Quanta is unapologetic about providing a thorough description of the subject matter and doesn't discount the intelligence of its readers like other mathematics books do. Overall, highly recommended to mathematically inclined scientists or mathematicians.

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 Dennis Fehr
 022522
Good book!
I thought the book was very good. Basically a compilation of shorter stories from Quanta magazine. Was nice because it spanned many different math topics and outlooks with different interviews and perspectives.
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 Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
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Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, oneline theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok. Sharon Bertsch McGrayne here explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it.


Who is the intended audience?
 By Billy on 072114

The Information
 A History, a Theory, a Flood
 By: James Gleick
 Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
 Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
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James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius, now brings us a work just as astonishing and masterly: A revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality  the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanishes as soon as it is born.


Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?
 By A reader on 031211
By: James Gleick

Mathematics
 A Very Short Introduction
 By: Timothy Gowers
 Narrated by: Craig Jessen
 Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
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The aim of this book 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 book 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.
By: Timothy Gowers

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