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To ask other readers questions about Mathematics Made Difficult , please sign up. Not a question, a comment? This book was written by my Dad. I am so happy his jokes are still being enjoyed.
Sadly I am too mathematically illiterate to understand them but he was very funny about language too. See 1 question about Mathematics Made Difficult…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Mathematics Made Difficult.
Mar 17, Saharvetes rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Mathematicians, undergraduate-level and higher. This is one of the most hilarious books about mathematics ever written, and likely to remain a classic for a long time. Unfortunately it is out of print, but it is not entirely impossible to find a copy. The jokes in the book are at varying levels of mathematical sophistication, involving everything from simple puns to advanced graduate-level mathematics, and a fair bit of in-jokes about the foibles of mathematical culture.
The first chapter, of about 70 pages, is on Arithmetic and includes a lo This is one of the most hilarious books about mathematics ever written, and likely to remain a classic for a long time. The first chapter, of about 70 pages, is on Arithmetic and includes a lot of Category Theory, naturally ; the book eventually covers Algebra, Topology and Geometry.
Among other highlights, its category-theoretic construction of the integers and its description of all the mess involved in the terms "improper fraction" and "mixed fraction" stand out for their utter mathematical rigour and chaos.
Also notable is its lament on the sad love-life of brackets, where ' ' and ' ' though paired and meant for each other can never meet for there is always something between them.
And so on and on. Mathematics is prestidigitation. It is not correct in logic to prove something by saying it over again; that only works in politics, and even there it is usually considered desirable to repeat the proposition hundreds of times before considering it as definitely established. Generalise this result.
Jan 19, Simon Mcleish rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned. Originally published on my blog here in April When I was a mathematics graduate student, this book was passed around the department, delighting those of us working in pure mathematics. Basically, it takes apart the sort of mathematical ideas generally taken for granted, and shows that they are much more complicated than it first seems if you want to make them rigorous.
There is some cheating when ideas from category theory are introduced and make the explanations even more abstract than th Originally published on my blog here in April There is some cheating when ideas from category theory are introduced and make the explanations even more abstract than they need to be. There is, of course, a subject for a serious book in this; I can think of two without any effort Rudy Rucker's Infinity and the Mind and the far older Bertrand Russell's Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy.
Mathematics Made Difficult is not in any sense a book which aims to educate and inform its readers. Much of the mathematics is presented in a way which would probably not make a great deal of sense to anyone not already familiar with it a course in the foundations of number theory is really the minimum needed to understand most of it, and one in category theory for the detail. What is enjoyable about Mathematics Made Difficult is that it is very funny, full of parodies of school textbook problems and bad puns.
Mathematics is not easy to turn into humour, and this book is one of the very small number of consistently successful examples. May 20, Benjamin rated it it was amazing. I read this towards the beginning of my college math degree and most of the complexities beyond basic abstract algebra concepts were lost on me.
However, it's plain to see that Linderholm's main point when writing this book was to poke fun at the way that mathematics is written about and make jokes about how informal we are being when we talk about mathematics i. Even though I'm sure I didn't pick up on some of the book, I read this towards the beginning of my college math degree and most of the complexities beyond basic abstract algebra concepts were lost on me.
Even though I'm sure I didn't pick up on some of the book, I enjoyed reading the whole thing. The sections of the book are prefaced with a ridiculous story pertaining to the current topic, followed by a hypothetical dialogue between the author and a mystery person doubting his claims. These sections are generally understandable to everyone; it's only when the author begins to derive the point he is trying to make with advanced and I do mean advanced mathematics that the reader may get lost -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing, because the point is to be overly complex about things we take for granted.
I'll be picking this one up again when I finish my undergrad to see how things have changed. However, I actually learned a good bit from the book and got a lot of laughs out of it as well, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's read any mathematical literature. It's very funny.
Jul 31, J. Well, this is certainly one of a kind. It's a mathematical comedy! A spoof of mathematical-ness, but deeply rooted in mathematics itself an 'insider' spoof, as it were. Tons of category theory, and tons of puns! One of the weirdest and best things I've ever read.
I wish there were more like it. May 28, Vincent rated it it was ok Shelves: mathematics. I loved the premise, but thought almost all of the humor fell flat. It would have been much better if it had just focused on overcomplicating simple proofs. Jan 22, Roi Orzach rated it it was amazing. After reading plenty of books where every example was riddled with phrases such as, "the proof is trivial and is left as an example to the reader," "the following is an obvious consequence of," and other proofs from the category of proof by intimidation, this book was an extreme juxtaposition of the above.
Being what some might call a math-nut I found this book extremely comedic. This book After reading plenty of books where every example was riddled with phrases such as, "the proof is trivial and is left as an example to the reader," "the following is an obvious consequence of," and other proofs from the category of proof by intimidation, this book was an extreme juxtaposition of the above.
This book is a classic and should be read as it makes the reader rethink even the most seemingly simple of proofs. Although, what I enjoyed most about the book is how it showed there is no set proof method in mathematics. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys math, but wants a more relaxed version of a textbook. Near the end of the book, the mathematics got complicated as it approached the graduate level curriculum. My one negative comment on the book is the high price amazon sells the book for.
However, the way the author satires common non-rigorous proof methods, more than makes up for the price. For anyone with a math major, or interest in math I would not only recommend this book, but I would insist upon it. Dec 07, Ril rated it it was amazing. The best math book I've ever read, showing us just how many ways can a mathematician fail and how common bad explanations are around us. May 22, Andreas Furth rated it it was amazing. This finally achieved the centuries old goal of making mathematics even a tiny bit difficult.
Jun 17, George rated it it was amazing. Hilarious for those acquainted with the subject matter. Can be enjoyed even by undergraduate students who have taken a course in number theory.
May 29, Thatsgreateric rated it it was amazing. Nobody accepts a challenge anymore. If you watch Teen Mom religiously, a glance over this textbook might just save your nth marriage. Adam rated it it was amazing Feb 14,
Mathematics Made Difficult by Carl Linderholm
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