Alex's Adventures in Numberland

by Alex Bellos

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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!

Alex's Adventures in Numberland Synopsis

 

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.

Alex's Adventures in Numberland Press 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

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ISBN: 9781408809594
Publication date: 04/04/2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408809594
Publication date: 04/04/2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408809594
Publication date: 4th April 2011
Author: Alex Bellos
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, The Real World,
Categories: Popular mathematics,

About 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 ...

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