This is the book that Daniel Tammet, best-selling author and mathematical savant, was born to write. In Tammet's world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds. Using anecdotes and everyday examples, Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions and equations underpin all our lives.
Inspired by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn's sixth finger or his mother's unpredictable behaviour, Tammet explores questions such as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person and how we can make sense of those we love. Thinking in Numbers will change the way you think about maths and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.
What listeners say about Thinking in Numbers
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- Charlie C
Not your usual book. Part autobiography, part commentary or history even. There are plenty of interesting factoid gems in the narrative and Daniel (also narrator) seems to have had some interesting times in his life which is dominated with numbers and his relationship to them.
I was surprised at how well the abstract concepts of numbers are articulated and relayed. I took a lot of new insight from the book and have quite honestly despite years of having been taught maths up to undergraduate level, never encountered someone that delivers this understanding so well! This book completely changed my relationship with Pi and it probably will do for you too!
Definitely a refreshing alternative to whatever your usual genre is!
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inspiring and mind - broadening
Would you consider the audio edition of Thinking in Numbers to be better than the print version?
I would prefer to read but listening saves time.
Which character – as performed by Daniel Tammet – was your favourite?
He himself. I was fascinated by his line of reasoning and making connections which I would never thought of.
can't pronounce r
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
possibly for me to complete the book. the topic is very interesting but the delivery poor.
What was most disappointing about Daniel Tammet’s story?
can't concentrate with that pronunciation.
Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Tammet’s performances?
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
didn't listen far enough
Any additional comments?