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Alex's Adventures in Numberland

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Shortlisted for the Galaxy Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2010.

This is a richly entertaining and accessible book, in which Alex Bellos explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks. Covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, he explains how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives. Alex explains the surprising geometry of the 50p piece, and the strategy of how best to gamble it in a casino. He shines a light on the mathematical patterns in nature, and on the peculiar predictability of random behaviour. He eats a potato crisp whose revolutionary shape was unpalatable to the ancient Greeks, and he shows the deep connections between maths, religion and philosophy. Packed with fascinating, eye-opening anecdotes, Alex's Adventures in Numberland is an exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage and mathematical proofs that will leave you awestruck and yet it makes the history and mystery of maths accesible to 'normal' people!


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Is maths something best left for only geeks to work at? Not according to Alex Bellos, whose love of numbers is as infectious as his humour. He introduces readers to the wonders of algebra, the marvels of statistics, and even the correlation between mathematics and religion. And he does it in a chatty, informative style that removes the mystique from a subject most of us tried to avoid at school. For instance, in order to put a human face on the numbers game he shows what part maths plays in the Lotto, the use of slot machines and the spin of a roulette wheel. An excellent read.
~ Carl Hughes

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Alex's Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos

The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino. In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.

Reviews

'Original and highly entertaining'
Sunday Times

'Will leave you hooked on numbers'
Daily Telegraph

'A page turner about humanity's strange, never easy and, above all, never dull relationship with numbers'
New Scientist

'Outstanding ... The style is laced with humour, but at all times, the star of the show is mathematics'
Ian Stewart, Prospect

About the Author

Alex Bellos

Alex Bellos is a reporter for the Observer and the Guardian in Rio de Janeiro.

Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life captures the romance and the passion of Brazil. 'Football is how the world sees Brazil and how Brazilians see themselves.' The art, the players, the myths, the legends, the teams, the history, the supporters, the heartbreaks — the book traces the past and the present of a game which symbolises the racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation and skill of Latin America's largest country. It was shortlisted for the WH Smith Sports Book of the Year and was nominated for the 2004 British Book Awards.

Author photo © Michael Duerinckx

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Book Info

Publication date

4th April 2011

Author

Alex Bellos

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

The Real World
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ISBN

9781408809594

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