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  • Shape is a triumph of mathematical exposition, exposing profound truths - from the nature of distance to the predictability of randomness - as well as profound mistakes - from historical misattributions to Supreme Court justice hardheadedness - with eloquence and hilarious wit. Ellenberg's evident affection for both his subject and his reader makes us feel like the lucky ones who get to hear him hold forth in an intimate setting about his favorite subject, mathematics

    Cathy O'Neil
  • Unreasonably entertaining... reveals how geometric thinking can allow for everything from fairer American elections to better pandemic planning

    Parul Sehgal, New York Times
  • Serious mathematics at its intriguing, transporting best . . . [A] humorous, anecdotally rich dive into numerous mathematical theories

    Kirkus
  • Droopy cheese and the curve of the Earth, the everyday and the cosmic, are beautifully interwoven in the mathematician Jordan Ellenberg's new book Shape

    Derek Thompson, Atlantic
  • Almost anyone is likely to enjoy Ellenberg's prose, and mind

    Harvard Magazine

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