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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER From the Sunday Times bestselling
author of How Not to Be Wrong, a hugely entertaining exploration of
the geometry that underlies our world How should a democracy choose
its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the
world? How do computers learn to play chess? Can ancient Greek
proportions predict the stock market? (Sorry, no.) What should your
kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think? The
answers to all these questions can be found in geometry. If you're
like most people, geometry is a dimly-remembered exercise, handed
down from the ancients, that you gladly left behind in school. It
seemed to be a tortuous way of proving some fact about triangles
that was obvious to you in the first place. That's not geometry.
OK, it is geometry, but only a tiny part, that has as much to do
with the modern, fast-moving discipline as conjugating a verb has
to do with a great novel. In Shape, Sunday Times-bestselling author
Jordan Ellenberg reveals the geometry underneath some of the most
important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we
face, from the spread of coronavirus to rise of machine learning.
The word 'geometry,' from the Greek, means 'measuring the world.'
But geometry doesn't just measure the world - it explains it. Shape
shows us how.
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