• by Timothy Gowers
  • Narrated by Craig Jessen
  • 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The aim of this audiobook is to explain, carefully but not technically, the differences between advanced, research-level mathematics, and the sort of mathematics we learn at school. The most fundamental differences are philosophical, and listeners of this audiobook will emerge with a clearer understanding of paradoxical-sounding concepts such as infinity, curved space, and imaginary numbers. The first few chapters are about general aspects of mathematical thought. These are followed by discussions of more specific topics, and the book closes with a chapter answering common sociological questions about the mathematical community (such as "Is it true that mathematicians burn out at the age of 25?").


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Customer Reviews

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Disappointing as an audiobook

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More real world examples from every day life would have created a more realistic connection with the concepts covered in this audio book. Much of the information (for me) would have been easier to understand visually. Reading off long strings of numbers and equations doesn't work as well as seeing them on paper/computer screen.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His breathy ending to every sentence and, frankly, pretentious tone was incredibly distracting for such a detailed audio book.

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- Caem586

Overacting made it impossible to listen to

What did you like best about Mathematics? What did you like least?

Couldn't actually listen to it. The performance was so poor that I had to stop listening. No one actually speaks like that. I thought I was listening to "master thespian" from SNL not a history of mathematics. Ugh.

Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy Gowers again?

Only if someone else narrates.

How could the performance have been better?


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- Deede

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-18-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios