Publication Date: 02/06/2022 ISBN: 9781788166836 Category:

Mathematical Intelligence

Junaid Mubeen

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date: 02/06/2022 ISBN: 9781788166836 Category:




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.

Publisher Review

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

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