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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408809591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408809594
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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'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 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 Pel 's autobiography, which was a number one bestseller.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes numbers, and maths.
Rajiv Chopra
It is written in an engaging style that keeps you interested even when the math gets a bit overwhelming.
Craig Keebler
This is an essential book for all teachers of math or students off it.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Cambridge1 on January 6, 2012
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I bought this book for my 11 year-old son who loves math. He was very excited to see it because last year he read a book by the same author entitled "Here's Looking at Euclid" and loved it. Entertaining, thought-provoking, thoroughly engaging. Then he started to read and it became apparent that "Alex's Adventures in Numberland" and "Here's Looking at Euclid" are the same book sold under two different titles. Buy one or the other and you won't be disappointed, just don't buy both.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Craig Keebler on May 23, 2011
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This is an absolutely delightful and entertaining book. Great if you like math but intriguing even if math doesn't come easy. Each chapter takes you on a journey exploring worlds you may never knew existed. It is written in an engaging style that keeps you interested even when the math gets a bit overwhelming. Would recommend to anyone with average or above average intelligence and curiosity.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rajiv Chopra on June 4, 2011
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I would recommend this book to anyone who likes numbers, and maths. The book is, quite frankly, a delight to read. Alex starts with simple concepts in each chapter, and gradually takes you through more complex concepts. It is, at first glance, a simple book to read. However, it needs careful reading in order to fully understand all the concepts. The best part, however, is that you can come back to individual chapters and read them again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on January 29, 2014
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This is an essential book for all teachers of math or students off it. A wonderful explanation of the principals of math. I have completed a number of math papers at university and this explained probability better any of those.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lesser on July 24, 2013
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While the level of the book is relatively simple as books on math go there was still many interesting things to learn. It is a great book to pass on to friends and relatives that are not familiar with mathematics. In addition to some interesting math there are a some splendid stories. Highly recommended to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr P R Morgan on November 16, 2014
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It is as it says on the tin! This is a wide-ranging journey through some of the everyday situations that we see around us that have to do with numbers. These range through gambling (casino wheels, lotteries), Sudoku, abacus practitioners and Pythagoras triangles to the perfect shape for teeth. Add to this the meaning of infinity, and how one infinite number can be bigger than another, and you get the idea that this is a tour through some of the complexities and simplicities of numbers, number theory and how this impacts our life.

If you can get non-mathematicians (or rather non-number loving people) to read this book, and get say past the first 30 or 40 pages, they will learn something. The key may be getting them this far. However, Alex Bellos shows his enthusiasm shine through the pages. The real-life stories behind, for example, abacus whizz-kids may, just may promote similar excitement in readers. But this is not just surface froth – Bellos really does know what he is talking about, and the stories are a result of some extensive travelling.

Numbers and mathematics are not ‘boring’. Perhaps for too long it has been presented the wrong way in some of our schools and colleges. Pi, algebra, geometry and slide rules are not only explained by Bellos, but more to the point illustrated. This gives insight, but because of the explanation AND illustration, it also gives excitement.

Let me be clear. Reading this book will not make you a better Sudoku solver, or increase your winnings in a betting shop. However, it may open your eyes to the way in which mathematics invades everything in our lives, even areas that do not seem to be ‘mathematical’. What has a perfect smile got to do with maths? I’ll leave you to figure that out, guided by Bellos’ excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Gejman Frank on May 14, 2014
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A well balanced review of the wonders of mathematics. Many historical little known data. A good read both for the layman and the mathematician.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ash on February 6, 2013
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Goes into the culture behind maths. It was really very interesting and a book not just for maths geeks ;)
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