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A Most Elegant Equation
 Euler’s Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
 Narrated by: Sean Pratt
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 Dale Linney
 120420
Very good.
Lovely exposition of the formula, its history and some of its uses. The author argues for the transcendent beauty of mathematics, but does not trust the audience to share in his wonder, and so couches some deep insights in silly narratives to make them relevant to the layman. The people reading and listening are likely looking for wonder, he should trust them to appreciate it. Its another example of mathematicians feeling apologetic for their passion. Overall though, he is clear and reveals some of the formula's deep connections.
2 people found this helpful

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 Teresa
 130721
I enjoyed this book so much!
Sometimes you need all the focus to draw the formulae in your head. Great narration too.

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 Some Guy
 200719
A great audio adaptation
When I first considered buying this book, I was worried that maths might be a difficult topic to translate into an audio book. As it turns out, it was light on formulas and all very well explained. I would recommend a pen and paper for the latter chapters that delve into infinite series', to ensure you can grasp how they all relate to each other.
Nonetheless, it does justice to important mathematical finding while making sure to stay entertaining at the same time.

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 Kindle Customer
 090418
Good treatment of the subject
Overall a good journey through Euler's formula, with nice side trips through intriging relevant stories that were integral to Euler's great, beautiful equation. However, the author, who is a writer who once majored in math, epresses his sometimes fleeting grasp on the subject with the literary awkwardness. He has a journalist's understanding of mathematics, and the journalistic skill of a mathematician.
24 people found this helpful

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 Andreas Zenker
 050618
Great math book to listen to
Not all math books translate well to audio but in this case it was a really enjoyable listen.
Writing and narration were quite good and the math was approachable even in this format.
The only thing missing is a pdf of the formulas and images from the last few chapters where I found myself wanting to work along with the author. This is not recommended while driving ;) but I may just relisten to that section with a pad of paper so I can scratch out the ideas on paper
Great book!
19 people found this helpful

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 Charlotte A. Hu
 120419
Helped me stay in a conversation with a Quant
I was super impressed with this fun and engaging book. I'm prepping for the GRE, again. And while I'm taking an online trig course, I wanted something mathematical to add to my morning commutes. I listened to several chapters several times because the content can be difficult to follow for a nonmath person like myself. But I surprised myself how much I learned when I found out one of my colleagues has a Masters in Mathematics and we talked about Euler, Euler's formula and the history of mathematics as well as distinctions in Algebra, Trig, etc.
I like the writing style. It's flippant and a little sarcastic. It's a very specific form of humor that fits the topic well.
12 people found this helpful

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 Christopher Alexander Teale Maldonado
 160418
Good and Simple
I really liked the math history, and a refreshing view on a beloved equation. however the math explanations are too elementary for anyone with some University mathematics, which can make some demonstrations too lengthy or boring. I still liked it though, and would recommend it to anyone with interest in math, but not quite a profound understanding
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 Jeffrey Check
 100818
way too simplistic if you know math
the elementary level of math the author assumes in the listener starts to get annoying by the 3rd chapter and never lets up. great for a zero math person though. should have said "for english majors" on the cover.
8 people found this helpful

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 Stephen
 080218
A good introduction to Euler but could have been more focused and less disjointed
What I liked about this book was its introduction to Leonhard Euler and his contributions to mathematics. I also learned about the beauty of pi and transcendent numbers.
The style was very accessible although the book has diagrams that couldn’t be presented in an audiobook. If I had followed along with the book in hand I could have followed the chapters on trigonometry and geometry better.
The narrator was very good.
What bothers me about this book is the author wrote that Euler’s Formula was also known as God’s equation yet didn’t elaborate on Euler’s Christian worldview. Euler’s faith was integral to his work in mathematics. The author glossed over this with the comment that Euler was pious and a Protestant. But why call Euler’s Formula God’s Formula without a discussion about Euler’s faith and how it informed his work? I think the fact that Euler was a Christian during the Enlightenment, a period of Deism and secular humanism, explains why he’s not held in as high regard as say Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire.
The author started out with helpful metaphors but after awhile they became distracting and not relevant to presenting the material.
8 people found this helpful

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 Patrick Mullane
 250721
A good primer spoilt by Author.
When discussing the formula, and not indulging in the author's political progressive preening, a short and interesting introduction to the key Math's equation of Euler's. The book provides context into its place in maths and the wider world, as well as providing a historical bio of Mr. Euler.
6 people found this helpful

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 Amazon Customer
 180420
This does not work as an audible book. Needs PDF
There are pages and pages of equations the author goes over which would be OK if there was a PDF to look at but just as a spoken line it is gibberish. I suspect it is ploy to get you to buy the book also but really it is not worth it. You can get most of the same information on Google.
6 people found this helpful

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 Lars Sandum
 180121
missing PDF's!
Amazing book, truly a great story. Euler was a truly astonishing person, needs a PDF!
5 people found this helpful

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 Blake
 300118
Audible Math Wasn't Too Bad
Maybe it's just me, but I found it pretty easy to follow the math while just listening. Overall an interesting read.
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