--Originally published at Sebastian Luna
HOW NOT TO BE WRONG, The Power of Mathematical Thinking is a book written
by Jordan Ellenberg, a Mathematician and a child prodigy, this book focuses on
mathematics, but he approaches it on such a way for everyone to understand even if
they don’t have much mathematical background, while still letting people with
knowledge about mathematics to learn more things without being too easy or too
“The armor, said Wald, doesn’t go where the bullet holes are. It goes where the
bullet holes aren’t: on the engines.” This is from the second story the author opens the
book with, which is a great example on the purpose of the book and how it develops.
Ellenberg does an excellent job at telling us different stories –that involve mathematics
in one way or another– and teaching us –the readers– some valuable insights.
This second story is about Wald, a member from the Statistical Research Group, he was
considered a mathematician eminence, and he was approached to find the optimum way
to shield planes so they’re not too heavy but they’re protected enough, and his way of
thinking let him realize there was no use on analyzing the bullet holes from the planes
that did come back, and if they didn’t have many holes on the engine, it was simply
because the ones that did get hit, didn’t come back.
There are many stories that Ellenberg gives us to show us precisely what he
showed above, that sometimes we are stuck with some problem or there’s something
going on in the world, and mathematics let us think and analyze things in such a way
that we can solve problems in an unexpected way.
Ellenberg is successful in collecting real life situations, from every possible
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