Alex's Adventures in Numberland

by Alex Bellos | Science | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0747597162 Global Overview for this book
Registered by klaradyn of Praha, Praha Czech Republic on 7/12/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by klaradyn from Praha, Praha Czech Republic on Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Product description from amazon.co.uk:
In this richly entertaining and accessible book, Alex Bellos explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks. Covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, he explains how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives. Alex explains the surprising geometry of the 50p piece, and the strategy of how best to gamble it in a casino. He shines a light on the mathematical patterns in nature, and on the peculiar predictability of random behavior. He eats a potato crisp whose revolutionary shape was unpalatable to the ancient Greeks, and he shows the deep connections between maths, religion and philosophy. Alex weaves a journey from primary school to university level maths, from ancient history to the computing frontline, and from St Louis, Missouri, to Braintree, Essex. He meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany, consults a numerologist in the US desert, meets a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan, and seeks advice from a venerable Hindu sage in India. An unlikely but exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage and mathematical proofs, Alex's dispatches from 'Numberland' show the world of maths to be a much friendlier and more colourful place than you might have imagined.

Tried reading this, but it's over my head.

Journal Entry 2 by klaradyn at A Touch of Madness, Nuttall Rd in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (8/3/2011 UTC) at A Touch of Madness, Nuttall Rd in Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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This evening at the OBCZ.

Journal Entry 3 by snufkin81 at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Sunday, September 18, 2011
Picked up at the OBCZ yesterday.

Journal Entry 4 by snufkin81 at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Friday, May 27, 2016
My husband saw this on my shelf, started reading it and enjoyed it immensely. Then he gave it to one of his colleagues to read. Not sure if I'll be getting it back...

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