The Man Who Counted – Malba Tahan

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The book in one sentence: The mathematical version of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.

Who would you recommend it to: People who enjoyed The Alchemist, or those interested in the magic of mathematics. Also to boys who like mathematics but not necessarily reading.

OK bits: I enjoyed the way how some numbers are shown to be ‘magic.’

Boring bits: Towards the end, it was getting a bit boring, even though the mathematical wonders are just as amazing.

Verdict: This book, written by Júlio César de Mello e Souza – who used the fictitious Persian scholar pen name Malba Tahan – shows mathematics in a refreshing light. It is easy to follow, fun to read, and the chapters are short, making it very ‘digestible’ for people who don’t enjoy reading books.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Juan
    Mar 08, 2008 @ 01:08:43

    Excellent book!

    This is one of my favorites!

    nylusmilk: really? i can see why, it is pretty good. 🙂

    Reply

  2. Aart
    Mar 11, 2008 @ 00:38:46

    Hello!

    I’m a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He’s the first best-selling
    author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:
    http://www.paulocoelhoblog.com

    Have a nice day!

    Aart

    Reply

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