A Divine Language: Learning Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus at the Edge of Old Age

Farrar. Jul. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9781250168573. $28. MEMOIR
As Wilkinson (The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger) entered his sixth decade, he began looking back at how math had always frustrated him in school and decided to do something about it. Realizing that it’s never too late to learn new things, Wilkinson takes readers on a journey back to his youth where he was unable to grasp the concept of algebra and more advanced mathematics. With age comes a new understanding of how to look at mathematics in a different light, and soon he is on his way to mastering algebra, geometry, and calculus. With his smooth writing, ingenious descriptions, and analogies, this motivational book should be a welcome gift to many readers who have spent decades avoiding math because of early frustrations with learning it in school. Wilkinson explains many mathematical topics in an easy, clear, and understandable way.
VERDICT Suitable for all ages, this intelligent book on finding new ways to understand things will find eager and welcoming readers.
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