At our June 2016 meeting we will discuss a selection by Mohsen:
Ian Stewart, Taming the Infinite, Quercus Publishing, 2008.
Mohsen provides the following information about his selection:
My first hope was to do a book of some sort about the real economy, the economy of everyday people, as nowadays is called the “minimum wage”, no my plan was not to challenge the economic difficulties of the most every day people, rather an understanding of how the lawfully regulated economical standards set forth are the greatest force behind the minimum wage working class, specially in the materialistic crazed western societies.
Then I encountered this book while flying to Tampa Florida couple of years ago, as my next seat neighbor, a female student accountant from Tacoma and I engaged in book reading conversations, me sharing my read choices and she hers, so we swapped books while en-route, me reading hers and she reading mine.
Shortly after reading the first few pages I became convinced that I needed to read it in it’s entirety, and began researching the importance of Mathematics and numbers in our everyday life. Then shortly after “Quantum Moment” I thought it would make a great company to some of our recent reads and discussions.
So, not to copy-cat any recent selections, I thought, a bit of homework if you would, “no, not a math solving problem” but 3 things that each person things depends on numbers &/or mathematical events that have helped change/shape our world or would not have meant as much if it were not for math & numbers, to enlighten the book’s discussion.
So instead of much focus on the book, each individual should share his perspective of their choices, such as; did numbers and numbering our commodities make humans more possessive and greedy? or help organize humans to the now civil cultural liberties? What significance does numbering have to do with our way of life?
I think this book represents a bit Mathematics, History, or Finance, an example is “MONEY”, how we use it to evaluate our subjects of interest (goods, product), attach a evaluative number next to it and then barter, make purchases, whether a car, television, groceries, or any other product, this also includes the earlier life before actual print money, when people traded goods based on it proposed values.
Then there is another scenario, we use un-sequential numbering methods that are in constant reverse order, where lower numbers represent higher values and higher numbers represent lower values, such is true in high technological and electrical fields. Hope you enjoy the read, though, and I hope our discussion will surpass our expectations, a different approach ending the past year’s great reads.