Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author of Here's Looking at Euclid,
a dazzling new book that turns even the most complex math into a brilliantly entertaining narrative.
From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world's favourite number, and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India, and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop.
Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind's turbulent relationship with numbers, and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in.
"[A] first-rate survey of the world of mathematics by a British practitioner of the art....Great reading for the intellectually curious." Kirkus
About the Author
Alex Bellos has a degree in mathematics from Oxford University and is a freelance writer and regular contributor to the BBC's Newsnight program. He lives in London, UK.