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2016 Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award Winner

One of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month in Crafts, Hobbies & Home


“Illustrations designed to introduce doodlers to a range of challenging mathematical principles.”Science

“Flipping through this new coloring book is a mesmerizing journey. From perfect hexagonal tilings to luscious sine waves to nautilus shell spirals, every line illustration by mathematical artist Edmund Harriss (and a handful of others) brings a hypnotic sense of harmony.”—Science Friday

“Enough coloring inside the lines—it’s time to start coloring inside the cosines.”—WIRED

“Think coloring books are just for little kids? Think again.”—Boys’ Life magazine

“An intricate, geeky coloring book for adults.”Independent on Sunday

“A beautiful math coloring book offering young and old alike the joy of patterns that are pleasing and rigorous, regular and creative, all at the same time.”—Cédric Villani, Fields medalist and author of Birth of a Theorem

“A math coloring book for kids and adults . . . Irresistible!”—Steven Strogatz, author of The Joy of x

“I wouldn’t have expected anything less from math adventurer Bellos and mathematical artist and tiling fan Harriss, whose personalities both come through in the book—from the beautiful illustrations to the playful style. . . . The range of types of math on display is super. . . . A beautiful object.”Aperiodical blog

“This is big fun. . . . Just looking at these pages is a treat—they have a life all their own, even before color is applied. . . . A coloring book with a sharp new angle.”The Papercraft Post blog

“Adds a bit of braininess to the relatively simple act of coloring while keeping the stress-relieving benefits.”—Adult Coloring 101

About the Author

Alex Bellos is the author of Here’s Looking at Euclid and The Grapes of Math, which are both bestsellers and have been translated into more than 20 languages. He writes a math blog for the Guardian, which has had more than 7 million page views in the past year. His YouTube clip about the mathematically optimal way to cut a cake has had more than 11 million views. He lives in London.


Illustrator Edmund Harriss is a well-known mathematical artist and a clinical assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Arkansas. He is the discoverer of the “Harriss spiral.” His research has appeared in Nature and in publications of the National Academy of Science and the American Mathematical Society. He has led many math workshops, including at the Museum of Mathematics in New York, and is the academic director of a summer camp for mathematically gifted students.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment; Act Clr Cs edition (December 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615193235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615193233
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whoever said coloring books are for kids was dead wrong. This coloring book is amazing. Unfortunately it’s nearly identical to the other book by the same author, Snowflake Seashell Star: Colouring Adventures in Numberland. If you already have the other book you can skip this one as many of the designs are identical. If you’ve never seen either please read on.

This book has page after page of amazing designs and patterns that will keep you entertained and occupied for hours. The book also shows how to create your own patterns and designs and includes several geometric based games and activities.

The pictures range from fractals to repeating geometric shapes to organic designs like cells. It also includes images made of animals, knots, etc. The designs range from simple to incredibly intricate. It’s the perfect time to break out that huge set of colored pencils.

This is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to doodle or appreciates geometry and symmetry.
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Fascinating and soothing mostly abstract patterns printed on one side. Markers will bleed through so use a paper behind. The markers may also hide the text description of the next pattern if the colors are dark-- If you like markers perhaps begin from the back of the book and work forward so you have the text while you are working on the pattern. The last chapter shows you how to create your own patterns.
I saw the fractal pattern and realized it looked like the aura I get when a migraine is coming on. I became absorbed trying to capture the feeling of pulsing colors. The patterns are so fundamental you can find what you need in them.
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What a wonderful book! As a parent and math teacher, I recommend this book as a way of changing how we look at math. It shows the beauties of math--shape, symmetry, similarity--without resorting to difficult equations, while connecting these with the math behind the ideas if you are interested. I've gotten several of these books already...some for my classroom, some for my boys, and one for me :). I love watching the patterns change as you work through the picture; it is very meditative and calming and inspiring. Thank you Edmund and Alex!
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What a beautiful set of patterns to color! What I also really like about the book is it tells the origin of the patterns. There are also some patterns you can create with the help of the authors in this book. Such a neat coloring book!
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Dazzling and calming at the same time, this unique coloring book combines mathematics and art in a way that delights. Color the patterns and create your own. I'd highly recommend for yourself or for a gift. So cleverly, artistically, and creatively done. Even my 5 year old daughter loves it.
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I love this book. It not only has beautiful drawings, but it sparks some interesting questions and conversations around math for those doing the coloring. Math is beautiful, and this book highlights that, and lets you be part of creating that beauty.
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Got this as a gift for my sister. She loves coloring mandelas, and loves the patterns and explanations. But the paper bleeds through. Her solution was to scan the design and print on a better quality paper. It would work fine with colored pencils or crayons, but not gel pens.
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This is a beautiful coloring book, but even more because, in a way, it's true! The images are not just visually fascinating, they arise from deep relationships in mathematics. If you're looking for a coloring book for kids and adults, this one just offers you more. Accessible commentary accompanies each image to enhance your enjoyment.
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