Shape by Jordan Ellenberg audiobook

Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else

By Jordan Ellenberg
Read by Jordan Ellenberg

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    ISBN: 9780593413203

A far-ranging exploration of the power of geometry, which turns out to help us think better about practically everything How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play Go, and why is learning Go so much easier for them than learning to read a sentence? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think? All these are questions about geometry. For real. If you're like most people, geometry is a sterile and dimly remembered exercise you gladly left behind in the dust of ninth grade, along with your braces and active romantic interest in pop singers. If you recall any of it, it's plodding through a series of miniscule steps only to prove some fact about triangles that was obvious to you in the first place. That's not geometry. Okay, it is geometry, but only a tiny part. Shape reveals the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face. Geometry asks: Where are things? Which things are near each other? How can you get from one thing to another thing? Those are important questions. The word “geometry” comes from the Greek for “measuring the world.” If anything, that's an undersell. Geometry doesn't just measure the world—it explains it. Shape shows us how. This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of images and shapes.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A #1 Amazon bestseller

A New York Times bestseller

A far-ranging exploration of the power of geometry, which turns out to help us think better about practically everything

How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play Go, and why is learning Go so much easier for them than learning to read a sentence? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think?

All these are questions about geometry. For real. If you're like most people, geometry is a sterile and dimly remembered exercise you gladly left behind in the dust of ninth grade, along with your braces and active romantic interest in pop singers. If you recall any of it, it's plodding through a series of miniscule steps only to prove some fact about triangles that was obvious to you in the first place. That's not geometry. Okay, it is geometry, but only a tiny part.

Shape reveals the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face. Geometry asks: Where are things? Which things are near each other? How can you get from one thing to another thing? Those are important questions.

The word “geometry” comes from the Greek for “measuring the world.” If anything, that's an undersell. Geometry doesn't just measure the world—it explains it. Shape shows us how.

This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of images and shapes.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Serious mathematics at its intriguing, transporting best…[a] humorous, anecdotally rich dive into numerous mathematical theories.” Kirkus Reviews
“[Ellenberg] is up to the engaging standard of his prior book…Almost anyone is likely to enjoy Ellenberg’s prose, and mind.” Harvard Magazine
“Unreasonably entertaining…reveals how geometric thinking can allow for everything from fairer American elections to better pandemic planning.”   New York Times

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Author Bio: Jordan Ellenberg

Author Bio: Jordan Ellenberg

Jordan Ellenberg, author of three books, is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His writing has appeared in Slate, the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesWashington PostWired, and the Believer.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 14.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English