Okay – so having a bit of time available (not really but I’m in a lot of denial) I gave the Kindle sample of The Man of Numbers a try. I got involved very quickly, it’s a light little read that far, and at only $2.99 for 192 pages well … Dear Reader, I got it. This is a huge and welcome change from God’s War!
Finished the Intro pretty quickly and then found Chapter – um … Chapter 0 – (zero) – omg – the title of Chapter 0 is “Your Days Are Numbered.” Too funny.
I am coming up with some comments though. For instance, this tid-bit is new to me:
“Medieval authors did not usually give their works titles. The name we use today
for Leonardo’s book comes from his opening statement:
Here begins the Book of Calculation Composed by Leonardo
Pisano, Family Bonacci, In the Year 1202 ”
Kindle locations 156-157
Overall the book is interesting but only moderately well written and somehow lacks a spark. There’s really quite a lot of math in it – interestingly enough they are “word problems” because that’s all Leonardo had to work with.
But the times are interesting – this takes place mostly right around the same time as the Crusades, a period I’m getting more and more familiar with. It deals with the Hindu-Arab number system (so-called becuase it was Indian originally but modified by the Arabs before being adopted in Europe – from the Arabs. by the Arabs. That stuff was fascinating.
Interesting discussion at the NPR review