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Reviews

  • This mind-bending book will change how you see the world (Five stars)

    Simon Ings, Telegraph
  • 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
  • Ellenberg's skill as a storyteller, combined with a natural ability to spot otherwise obscure connections, enables him to capitalize on geometry as math's gateway drug... A deeply enjoyable and insightful book

    Matt Parker, New York Times
  • Ellenberg, in both his arguments and his enthusiasm, is persuasive

    Michael Prodger, New Statesman
  • Serious mathematics at its intriguing, transporting best . . . [A] humorous, anecdotally rich dive into numerous mathematical theories

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

    Parul Sehgal, New York Times
  • 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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