Calling all goobers.....
You know you're a goober when you receive an invitation to join the Scientific American Book Club.
I am a member of a few books clubs - Doubleday, One Spirit, Book of the Month, Homestyle Books - but not a goober book club.
This is how they decided to entice me:
"The Beauty of Numbers"
Discover concepts essential to mathematics.
I can start my five-book library today by ordering the following five books:
- e: The story of a number
- The Joy of Pi
- The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, The World's Most Astonishing Number
- Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
- The Imaginary Tale, the Story of (square root of negative one) - I can't do equations in blogger.
All for $5.99 plus a free book!
And my free book?
To Infiity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite
I was stunned when I ripped open my envelope. Stunned. How else would you describe it?
Thank God I had a glass of wine or I might have cried at the amazing offered being given me. Imagine all of that so cheap?
They almost had me.
But then I remembered that while I enjoy math (particularly if I get money and get to add it to my account), I don't think I want to read about it. Honestly, what kind of person sits with a book titled The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, The World's Most Astonishing Number?
I admit that I get more excited than most when National Geographic Magazine shows up each month, but even I don't think I could get excited when the book Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea shows up in its wrapping, all crisp and waiting to be cracked.
Of course, knowing those who read this blog, I can expect to get all five of these books gift-wrapped in paper with equations all over it. I turn 40 this year. What better way to celebrate that milestone number, than with books celebrating other milestone numbers and mathematical ideas.