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A math professor provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, unexpectedly, by insights from the kitchen: we learn, for example, how the béchamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number 5, and why making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard.

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Add a CommentA very easy engaging book. Even if you are only moderately interested in math you will like this book. It will help improve your baking skills as well.

This book is a bitter in the mouth disappointment at the end since it makes the claim that Category Theory (Mathematics of Mathematics) serves the purpose of illumination (WHY: understanding versus knowledge) but there is no way you will come out with a feel on why this claim is a honest/trustworthy claim. I give author the credit for setting the stage for making this grand claim of light (of understanding) -- just that there is no illumination on illumination ...

The author shows the roots of her love for mathematics and this is the most important message that I got from this book.

I've had a Goldilocks relationship with math books: some are too hard to follow (Love and Math by Edward Frenkel, for instance), a few are the right level and some are too easy. This book definitively falls into the last category. If you've done your high school maths, you are amply qualified to follow and read the book. Cheng gives a few interesting applications and metaphors that keep you going. Overall, the book is a pretty light read, which is quite a feat considering the subject at large (and no, that's not a bad thing!). I was also disappointed, as someone who had watched all of Cheng's video capsules and as someone who enjoys cooking, to see that the book lacked cooking references. Where were the Mobius strip bagels? The using of actual pies to explain π?