Math Readathon | Final Thoughts

We finally managed to edit and put together the video with my (almost) 12 hours of reading just math related books. I wanted to do this project for a while and I am very happy I finally had the time to do this. If you want to find out more about when it happened and what books I wanted to read, you need to check MathReadathon! Check the video with my struggles and accomplishments:

Thinking at the fact that this is the first time I did a readathon, I think it is an accomplishment that I managed to read (finish) almost 4 books. If you enjoyed my short reviews and comments from the video above, here are more structured reviews I have posted on Goodreads for each book.

 Math with Bad DrawingsMath with Bad Drawings by Ben Orlin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took me a little longer to finish this, but it was not the book’s falt at all. The book is very easy to read, you can also read the sections in any order you like. From the first pages I found it quite funny and I never laughed so bad, while reading math books. The author has a great way of making fun of situations, math concepts and society. Moreover, he uses simple vocabulary and all of the mathematical concepts used in the book are explained thoroughly.

In addition to the funny stick man drawings, all of the other diagrams, charts and graphs are well done and used to explain different situations and examples. He uses all of his diagrams/drawings in a unique and funny way.

Also, all of the examples used in the book are very valuable at understanding mathematical concepts. The only issue I had from time to time was that most of the examples are about USA. Being from outside USA, I found it a little annoying by the end of the book, but I appreciate the usefulness they have in explaining some mathematical concepts.

Moreover, I want to mention the end notes. I am always very picky with them when it comes to math books because they are important in the process of understanding a notion. This book has really good end notes and I recommend you check them at the same time as reading the chapters.
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Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical ProofQ.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof by Burkard Polster

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For such a short book (just 58 pages) I was impressed by the amount of information: great proofs, great connections between different topics, such as algebra and geometry, and great drawings (graphs, diagrams). The proofs were chosen really good; they are short enough, but very explicit. I was also pleasantly surprised to see proofs done using just drawings (diagrams or graphs).

In any math book I expect great end notes or appendix because I always consider that everyone needs extra explanation or further reading to go deep into a topic. These book did not disapoint me on this. The Appendix is really great; it has even more proofs and some thought provoking questions.

Lastly, I recommend this book to any teachers or parents that want to show their pupils/children the beauty of mathematical proofs. You need a basix knowledge of mathematics to understand the language and I think everyone will benefit from this book.
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 M.C. Escher: The Graphic WorkM.C. Escher: The Graphic Work by M.C. Escher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a very interesting experience! It’s not just a book, it is a story, it is an exhibition, it is an experience.

It starts with a great introduction by Escher, that just made me want to read even more about his life and his beliefs. After, you go straight into the images and their descriptions. I enjoyed the fact that all the images were grouped into categories, which made everything way easier to understand the concepts and the philosophie behind them. On the other hand, the fact that the description was, for example, on page 3 and the image was on page 20 made it a little harder to read and hold.

As a whole, it is an interesting short book. I just want to read more about Escher.
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I am still reading Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil, but I can tell that this is a very interesting book. If you have read the book or you are reading it, check our LThMath Book Club discussions section to let us know what you think about it.

Have a great day. If you have ideas for future blog posts, let us know. Don’t forget to check our post: My Story to find out more about me and the story behind LThMath (Life Through a Mathematician’s Eyes). You can find us on FacebookTumblrTwitter  and Instagram. We will try to post there as often as possible. Enjoy the day!

Lots of love and don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy!

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