The Math Gene

2 out of 5 stars

The Math Gene by Keith J. Devlin  The main premise of this book is that everyone is capable of learning mathematics.

Pros: This book is intended for a general audience which makes it an easy read. This book can be good for people who believe they are not “math people” and could potentially help them.

Cons: Parts of this book gets away from mathematical thinking and goes into linguistic evolution which I believe takes away from the main points in the book. The author tends to repeat himself often and gets lost supporting his ideas. This book is mainly an argument on why everyone is a math person. So, if you are looking mainly for an informative book about genes or how to think like a mathematician, this isn’t for you.

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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

4 out of 5 stars

Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott  Tip: *Read the illustrated version. The text refers to the pictures as means of explaining the overall story. If you read the text only version, you will be robbed of the full experience of this wonderful book.

Prior to Reading: This book is fantastic if you understand that it is a satire of Victorian England’s class system. It is also important to understand that this book is a metaphor for higher dimensions which is an extremely important topic in both physics and mathematics.

Pro: The book,”Flatland”, does a terrific job explaining how difficult it is for people to comprehend higher dimensions as most of us have no real concept of dimensions higher than our own. This is a great book for people who want to read something quickly and understand more about both lower and higher dimensions.

Con: If you don’t know anything about different dimensions, this book may seem like utter nonsense. If you don’t know anything about Victorian England’s class system, then, you will not catch and enjoy all of the indirect references to it.