HNTBW Publicity Roundup 4

Newspaper reviews are starting to come in.

Manil Suri at the Washington Post:

Ellenberg’s talent for finding real-life situations that enshrine mathematical principles would be the envy of any math teacher. He presents these in fluid succession, like courses in a fine restaurant, taking care to make each insight shine through, unencumbered by jargon or notation. Part of the sheer intellectual joy of the book is watching the author leap nimbly from topic to topic, comparing slime molds to the Bush-Gore Florida vote, criminology to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The final effect is of one enormous mosaic unified by mathematics.

Mario Livio at the Wall Street Journal:

I have a small piece of advice for readers with little or no mathematical background (who can actually benefit from this book the most): Even if a few of the explanations seem a bit long, read them with patience—you will be amply rewarded.

Jonathon Keats in the New Scientist:

How Not To Be Wrong is a superb primer, helping readers engage more sceptically with numbers.

Orlando Bird in the Financial Times:

There are plenty of popular maths books around, but this one strikes a particularly fine balance between rigour and accessibility.

And some recorded interviews.  I talked to Chris Mooney on the Inquiring Minds podcast; turns out his book has a chapter on Condorcet too, and we talked about math and its relationship with political liberalism.  Mooney has a related article in Mother Jones.  I was also on the Motley Fool podcast and Arik Korman’s iHeartRadio show.




2 thoughts on “HNTBW Publicity Roundup 4

  1. David Bryant says:

    JSE said: “… we talked about math and its relationship with political liberalism.”

    Would you mind clarifying what “political liberalism” means? Is it liberalism in the sense that Condorcet and John Locke and Jefferson were liberals? (Broadly speaking, their view can be characterized like this: individual liberty is the highest “public good”, and government should restrict itself to a few activities like national defense and the impartial administration of justice.) Or is it more like my sister’s version of “liberalism”? (Some people are greedy and have too much stuff; others are incompetent and poor; government must level the playing field by acting like Robin Hood and redistributing the wealth.)

  2. JSE says:

    You’d have to ask Chris, it’s his book and his thesis! But I’m sure he includes Condorcet, because he wrote a whole chapter on him. Probably he includes the strain of redistributionist liberalism identified with Franklin D. Roosevelt and your sister, too.

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