## The Mathematical Universe: An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities"Dunham writes for nonspecialists, and they will enjoy his piquant anecdotes and amusing asides -- Booklist "Artfully, Dunham conducts a tour of the mathematical universe. . . he believes these ideas to be accessible to the audience he wants to reach, and he writes so that they are." -- Nature "If you want to encourage anyone's interest in math, get them The Mathematical Universe." * New Scientist |

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User Review - Not Available - Book VerdictLike John Allen Paulos's Beyond Numeracy (LJ 4/1/91), this is an A-to-Z collection of mathematical essays. The advantage of this format is that it lets the author hit the highlights in essays that can ... Read full review

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