Mathematical Intelligence (Hardback)

What We Have that Machines Don't

Junaid Mubeen

A fascinating exploration of a surprising advantage that humans have over our incoming robot masters: we're actually good at maths

FROM THE PRESENTER OF THE TEDx TALK 'You weren't bad at maths - you just weren't looking at it the right way'

'Compelling and wonderfully readable'
- Ian Stewart, bestselling author of Seventeen Equations that Changed the World

'AI is powerful, but human thinking is differently powerful, and Junaid Mubeen deftly shows us how' - Eugenia Cheng, author of How to Bake Pi

There's so much talk about the threat posed by intelligent machines that it sometimes seems as though we should surrender to our robot overlords now. But Junaid Mubeen isn't ready to throw in the towel just yet.

As far as he is concerned, we have the edge over machines because of a remarkable system of thought developed over the millennia. It's familiar to us all, but often badly taught and misrepresented in popular discourse - maths.

Computers are brilliant at totting up sums, pattern-seeking and performing, well, computation. For all things calculation, machines reign supreme. But Junaid identifies seven areas of intelligence where humans can retain a crucial edge. And in exploring these areas, he opens up a fascinating world where we can develop our uniquely human mathematical superpowers.

Publication date: 02/06/2022

£20.00

ISBN: 9781788166836

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics

Mathematical Intelligence (Ebook)

What We Have that Machines Don't

Junaid Mubeen

A fascinating exploration of a surprising advantage that humans have over our incoming robot masters: we're actually good at maths

FROM THE PRESENTER OF THE TEDx TALK 'You weren't bad at maths - you just weren't looking at it the right way'

'Compelling and wonderfully readable'
- Ian Stewart, bestselling author of Seventeen Equations that Changed the World

'AI is powerful, but human thinking is differently powerful, and Junaid Mubeen deftly shows us how' - Eugenia Cheng, author of How to Bake Pi

There's so much talk about the threat posed by intelligent machines that it sometimes seems as though we should surrender to our robot overlords now. But Junaid Mubeen isn't ready to throw in the towel just yet.

As far as he is concerned, we have the edge over machines because of a remarkable system of thought developed over the millennia. It's familiar to us all, but often badly taught and misrepresented in popular discourse - maths.

Computers are brilliant at totting up sums, pattern-seeking and performing, well, computation. For all things calculation, machines reign supreme. But Junaid identifies seven areas of intelligence where humans can retain a crucial edge. And in exploring these areas, he opens up a fascinating world where we can develop our uniquely human mathematical superpowers.

Publication date: 02/06/2022

£17.99

ISBN: 9781782837954

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B09FRWNWW8

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics

Reviews for Mathematical Intelligence

'A compelling and wonderfully readable analysis of why computers won't replace mathematicians, but why the two together are superior to either on its own. A rallying-cry for real intelligence in the age of algorithms and artificial intelligence.'

Ian Stewart, author What's the Use?

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Maths needs more demystifiers, and Junaid Mubeen is here to lift back the veil to show the inner workings of maths and mathematicians. This book importantly shows that computers and AI do not make mathematicians redundant - in fact, Mubeen uses the advances and stumbling blocks in AI to illuminate the crucial contribution that human mathematicians continue to make.
I recommend this to anyone who thinks - or knows someone who thinks - that AI will make the study of maths redundant. AI is powerful, but human thinking is differently powerful, and Junaid Mubeen deftly shows us how.

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Eugenia Cheng, author X + Y: A Mathematician's Manifesto for Rethinking Gender

'Insightful'

 Popular Science

Junaid Mubeen

Junaid Mubeen

Junaid Mubeen is a mathematician turned educator. He has spent over a decade working on innovative learning technologies, reaching students of all ages and abilities from around the world. Junaid has a DPhil in Mathematics from Oxford and a Masters in Education from Harvard, where he studied as a Kennedy Scholar. He once earned fleeting fame as a Countdown series winner. Junaid is currently working with bestselling science author Simon Singh on developing the world's largest online maths circle, parallel.org.uk.