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Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

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I did struggle with some of the ideas but very often when I asked my husband to explain I found that the author explained the whole thing in the following paragraph.

Most of the anecdotes and stories about former mathematicians I already knew, but it’s nice to have them all in one place.A tenth anniversary edition of the iconic book about the wonderful world of mathsSunday Times bestseller | Shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize'Original and highly entertaining' Sunday Times'A page turner about humanity's strange, never easy and, above all, never dull relationship with numbers' New Scientist'Will leave you hooked on numbers' Daily TelegraphIn this richly entertaining and accessible book, Alex Bellos explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks, and demonstrates the remarkable ways it's linked to our everyday lives. It is not included in promotions available to our main range products, as stated in our terms of service.

Whether writing about how algebra solved Swedish traffic problems, visiting the Mental Calculation World Cup to disclose the secrets of lightning calculation, or exploring the links between pineapples and beautiful teeth, Bellos is a wonderfully engaging guide who never fails to delight even as he edifies. To usher the reader into the 20th century Bellos explores the ideas of Georg Cantor and David Hilbert on infinity.For these folk, mathematics is a proud human endeavour more profound than science and more creative than art.

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