Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Journey Through Genius

The book I read and reviewed earlier this semester was The Mathematical Universe, by William Dunham. His book Journey Through Genius seemed like it would be similar in style and content, so I thought I'd check it out for my second book. One thing I immediately liked more about Journey Through Genius was the fact it went in chronological order, unlike The Mathematical Universe. This isn't that big of a deal, but it's just easier to follow and put things in perspective if topics are presented in chronological, rather than alphabetical, order. Further, Journey Through Genius appeared to be a bit more dense than The Mathematical Universe, but certainly nothing someone with a modest background in math and a desire to learn wouldn't be able to follow. Many of the topics were different between the two books, but seemed to have the same general presentation and introduced many of the same mathematicians. Overall, the two books have the same "flavor" but their contents seem different enough to make both of them worth the read.

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