Alex's Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos

Alex's Adventures in Numberland

By Alex Bellos

  • Release Date: 2011-04-04
  • Genre: Mathematics
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Description

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. 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.

Reviews

  • Alice in numberland

    5
    By Hunshelfpc
    Fascinating book, sometimes requiring real concentration to fully understand everything. I will read it again to get the full value. Because so much of the content is full of symbols and drawings that do not zoom out with an increase in font size (I used books because I can make the font of a size I can read easily) it was more difficult to read than it should be. Probably not a problem for those with normal eyesight
  • A Must Read

    5
    By Dave Redders
    Don't be put off by thinking this is a boring book about maths, it isn't. This book opens your mind to aspects of numbers that you have never even thought of in an often funny and fascinating delivery. I would urge everyone to read this book...

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