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Summer Reading 2017: Thinking in Numbers

Find the book you want to read this summer!

Laura wants you to read this books because...

It's just such a cool book - the author has such a unique perspective and has such a fascinating and totally approachable way of thinking mathematically about all kinds of regular daily phenomena. I'm excited to read it again, and I think Urban students would really like it!

About the book

Thinking in Numbers

by Daniel Tammet

THINKING IN NUMBERS is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and mathematical savant, was born to write. In Tammet's world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds. Using anecdotes, everyday examples, and ruminations on history, literature, and more, Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions, and equations underpin all our lives. 

Inspired by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn's eleven fingers, or his many siblings, Tammet explores questions such as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person, and how we can make sense of those we love. THINKING IN NUMBERS will change the way you think about math and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.

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For fans of

  • Math
  • Philosophy
  • Daniel Kahneman


About the reader

Laura Hawkins, Math

Laura's previous recommendations:

  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 
  • An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender