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Alex Through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
 
 

Alex Through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life [Kindle Edition]

Alex Bellos
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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See, numbers don't have to be scary (Evan Davis)

Another sparkling romp through the world of numbers, with the inimitable Alex Bellos as your friendly, informed, and crystal-clear guide. A brilliant successor to Alex in Numberland (Ian Stewart)

Fresh, fascinating and endlessly charming. A splendiferous book altogether (Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist Strikes Back)

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From the bestselling author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland, a dazzling new book that turns even the most complex maths into a brilliantly entertaining narrative

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I am someone who thinks they don't like maths.

Like, seriously, even basic multiplications with single numbers flummox me. But I do like books, and I like stories, and especially stories about people and places and the origins of things. So when someone suggested that I read this book (actually, someone suggested that I read the first book, which I did, and then I bought this second one of my own accord) I was delighted, becauase it delivered on all the things I do like (stories about people, places, and the origins of things), AND it succeeded in making me think that maths wasn't all that bad after all.

Bellos writes in a really friendly, intelligent, warm style. It's often humourous, and very clear when it comes to the maths bits.

It's presented really well - the book looks good on the page with great illustrations and graphs.

I'm still never going to run down the street proclaiming that I love maths, and I confess that I did sometimes skip over the harder maths bits (which pressumably clever maths-lovers will really enjoy) but I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in philosphy, history, people - and - mathematics!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Ball for a new generation 30 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
First of all, let me confess that I am scared of spreadsheets and bribe the Finance Director at work to help me with my budget. But, despite that, I think it's important not to let my own dyscalculia influence my daughter and this book has been a great ice-breaker. We've been dipping in and out of this book and talking about numbers which has been interesting and refreshing. It brings numbers to life in a way that maths homework and times tables don't.
The little video on You Tube about why number 7 is special is great too - my daughter even got the maths teacher at school to show it to the class!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maths made interesting... 30 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I failed my Maths's O'level twice,but not only did I not run mile, I was entertained by Alex's new book. This could give the image of Maths a much-needed make-over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Class 16 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
To me it brought back memories (and revision) of my early maths education. Recommend it to anyone interested in stats. etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting book I've read in ages 20 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There's no dumbing-down (and quite a few formulas) but it's still very accessible to anyone who once did o-level maths. I found the whole thing absolutely fascinating and constantly entertaining. Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff... 25 Aug 2014
By Doddsy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book if you like maths. It has more hard sums than his previous book Alex in Numberland but most of the topics are very accessible. Read this and also How Not to be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
An excellent read. Bellos has covered some very difficult subjects in an easily comprehensible style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 12 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Written very clearly and easy to understand. Brings a fresh insight into some of the fundamental numbers and shapes.
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