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Math With Bad Drawings: Illuminating The Ideas That Shape Our Reality

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In his new book, "Math With Bad Drawings: Illuminating The Ideas That Shape Our Reality" Ben Orlin reveals to us what math actually is. It's myriad uses, it's strange symbols, and the wild leaps of logic and faith that define the usually impenetrable work of the mathematician. The book is a very funny reeducation in mathematics, full of joy, jokes, and stick figures that shed light on the countless practical and wonderful ways that math structures and shapes our world. There are 24 chapters in the book covering topics from the electoral college to human genetics to the reasons not to trust statistics. " Math With Bad Drawings" is a book for the math estranged and the math enamored alike.

Ben Orlin is the author of the blog, "Math With Bad Drawings" he also writes on a variety of topics related to math for: The Atlantic, Slate, The L.A. Times, and The Chicago Tribune. Joining us today is Ben Orlin.

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.
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