Alex's Adventures in Numberland

Author(s): Alex Bellos

Physical Sciences

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.


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With wit and wisdom, Alex Bellos unlocks the wonders of numbers for the general, curious reader Peppered with anecdote and incident, Alex Bellos brings the history and mystery of mathematics to life A Sunday Times bestseller for over four months

Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2010 and BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2010.

'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

Alex Bellos has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University. He has worked for the Guardian in London and Rio de Janeiro, where he was the paper's unusually numerate foreign correspondent. In 2002 he wrote a critically acclaimed book about Brazilian football and in 2006 ghostwrote Pele's autobiography, which was a number one bestseller.

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  • : 9781408809594
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : February 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 28mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2011
  • : books

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  • : Alex Bellos
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 510
  • : 448
  • : Illustrations