Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Absolutely Everything

Jordan Ellenberg

Explore the fascinating world of geometry and its practical applications in everyday life.

Geometry may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s something inherently intriguing and useful about it, especially the Euclidean kind. In this captivating book, University of Wisconsin math professor Ellenberg takes us on a journey through the exciting developments and applications of geometry. With a touch of humor and plenty of anecdotes, Ellenberg demonstrates that we are currently experiencing a geometric revolution of global proportions.

According to the author, geometry is closely tied to integrity and honesty. However, he emphasizes the importance of maintaining our intuition and not solely relying on logical deduction. Ellenberg introduces us to a range of relatable mathematical concepts, including the random walk theory and its relevance to the unpredictable stock market, tree geometry and its strategies for winning games, and algorithms that have surprising applications in sports and literature analysis.

The book also delves into the fascinating world of pandemics, exploring mathematical models for diseases and even discussing the role of geometry in combating gerrymandering and preserving democracy.

Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Absolutely Everything offers a captivating and accessible look into the world of serious mathematics at its most intriguing and mind-opening.