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You can clearly tell that the author loves mathematics, it jumps out at you as you read the book the enthusiasm and excitement is clear in each page At times, the excitement is so great that the mathematical terms and concepts jump off the page and the author seems to get lost in his thoughts At those times, the reader can get lost also lost in math, as the concepts are so hard to follow that reading them two or three times doesn t help After these binges by the author, he tends to somewhat apologize that the reader s head may be spinning.But to me, as I love math also, even these pages are interesting The mathematical terms, Lie Groups, automorphic functions, Riemann surfaces, etc are another exciting world that I will never fully understand but can read in books like this one and get a level of some of the enthusiasm that I felt as a math major in college, prior to entering the business world.I agree, however, that the average reader may be turned off by all of this, and possibly not finish the book However, if you have a love of math, either current, or dormant and want to revitalize it, then pick up and read this book You will probably enjoy it like I did. A New York Times Science BestsellerWhat If You Had To Take An Art Class In Which You Were Only Taught How To Paint A Fence What If You Were Never Shown The Paintings Of Van Gogh And Picasso, Weren T Even Told They Existed Alas, This Is How Math Is Taught, And So For Most Of Us It Becomes The Intellectual Equivalent Of Watching Paint DryIn Love And Math , Renowned Mathematician Edward Frenkel Reveals A Side Of Math We Ve Never Seen, Suffused With All The Beauty And Elegance Of A Work Of Art In This Heartfelt And Passionate Book, Frenkel Shows That Mathematics, Far From Occupying A Specialist Niche, Goes To The Heart Of All Matter, Uniting Us Across Cultures, Time, And Space Love And Math Tells Two Intertwined Stories Of The Wonders Of Mathematics And Of One Young Man S Journey Learning And Living It Having Braved A Discriminatory Educational System To Become One Of The Twenty First Century S Leading Mathematicians, Frenkel Now Works On One Of The Biggest Ideas To Come Out Of Math In The Last Years The Langlands Program Considered By Many To Be A Grand Unified Theory Of Mathematics, The Langlands Program Enables Researchers To Translate Findings From One Field To Another So That They Can Solve Problems, Such As Fermat S Last Theorem, That Had Seemed Intractable BeforeAt Its Core, Love And Math Is A Story About Accessing A New Way Of Thinking, Which Can Enrich Our Lives And Empower Us To Better Understand The World And Our Place In It It Is An Invitation To Discover The Magic Hidden Universe Of Mathematics Edward has done an amazing thing he has translated the concepts of advanced mathematics into an every day language that, with a little reflection, makes deeply difficult concepts readily accessible to the interested reader Edward shows us that mathematics is not at all the solving equations that we did in school, but rather a whole world of deeply creative ideas that enables us to better understand our world.As someone deeply passionate about mathematics, but having very little talent, this book was able to open very many doors of understanding for me that previously were closed.The mathematics in here is not conceptually dumbed down and readers should expect to think and reflect to get the full value from the book.Stylistically the book alternates often between an autobiographical chapter and then a beautiful exposition of the mathematics Edward was studying I disagree entirely with reviewers who have said the book is too autobiographical or that it is self congratulatory It is very clearly a passionate and cheerful exposition of Edward s favorite mathematics, which is balanced beautifully with his fascinating and interesting autobiography as a mathematician.There are many ways to read this book and benefit however I find that because the mathematics he is discussing is so advanced, it will probably appeal most to people who are interested or intrigued with mathematics and quantum physics It will help mathematicians explain their concepts in simpler language, and help lay people understand part of why mathematics is so beautiful and powerful.The topics include group theory, knot theory, analysis, number theory, sheaf theory, abstract algebra, gauge theory, and the laglands program which ties many of these ideas together.While the book succeeds in presenting extremely advanced mathematical ideas in very simple language, any passionate reader should read the book multiple times to truly absorb the concepts and see the connections at a deeper level.For a comparison The book is nowhere near as challenging, rigorous, or complicated as roger penrose s road to reality At the same time, it is conceptually focused than ian stewart s books It is rigorous than Steven Stroglat z joy of x All of these characteristics form its strength I will happily recommend this book to anyone interested in mathematics or wanting to understand quantum physics better. Although this book is readable by most, even a math major will only follow the Mathematical content to a certain extent While Frenkel does a nice job of explaining how it all works together, I imagine the technical explanations will bog down the average reader Also, Frenkel often toots his own horn which I imagine was difficult not to hold back on after doing cutting edge mathematics At the same time, his intro about Math in Russia in the 1900 s was enough to make me want to finish the book out I must admit that the last chapter or two was somewhat difficult to finish I guess that I m glad I read it, but I will not be reading it again. First of all, let s be honest and not mislead the general reader this book covers a lot of highly advanced math The author, Edward Frenkel, likely does as well as anyone could to outline the math in a way that a non specialist audience can usefully grasp if they put in considerable effort and re reading, but even then the reader needs to be comfortable with math at least at the undergrad level calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, etc Don t expect to really understand what Frenkel is talking about unless you have considerably greater math background, say grad school level and prior familiarity with the particular areas of math Frenkel covers.Being an engineer, I fall into the former category and came to this book already loving math, and I found the math in this book to often be quite tough going especially in the second half of the book , though I did get a rough sense of what he was talking about and I followed the advice to keep going in the tougher parts rather than getting bogged down True, I could re read the whole book to get a better understanding, but realistically it would make sense to bone up on the prerequisite math using other books and then return to this book in a few years yes, that long Because I feel that the accessibility of this book for the general reader has been overstated by the book s endorsers and overestimated by the author, I m deducting a star.That said, I did enjoy this book greatly and am glad that I read it Besides the exposure to high level math and the associated research and discovery process at both the individual and collaborative levels , I found this window into Russian culture fascinating, and frankly I was rather surprised to see that the culture matches many of the stereotypes quite well Frenkel relates many memorable stories in this regard I was also inspired to see Frenkel s passion for math, his perseverance against serious adversity, and his resulting remarkable achievements, which he describes with considerable humility, all things considered In that regard, I was also awed, yet again, to see the reach of some human minds alas, not mine into the wondrous parallel universe of Platonic objective truth which we call mathematics or precisely, perhaps we should give a different name to that universe, since mathematics only reflects what we ve discovered and mapped so far.Summing up, I can definitely recommend this book to anyone who already loves math and has decent mathematical maturity in the sense of being able to handle math at a relatively abstract level Those who don t have at least that background could mostly skip the math in the book and instead focus on the memoir aspect Whether that would be worthwhile depends on the specific interests of the reader, and I only can say that I and apparently many other readers greatly enjoyed that aspect.