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Alex Through the Looking Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers, and Numbers Reflect Life Kindle Edition
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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!
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!
The unique feature of this book is that each chapter can be dipped into without having studied previous chapters. Publications on maths often qualify for the “most boring book of the year award”. This book is at the other end of the spectrum , amusing, entertaining and instructive and provides the reader with an excellent overall view of each topic.
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I would say it is not the type of book which everybody will enjoy, but it is the kind of book that somebody with some mathematical background will. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Héctor C.
This is not a book for mathmaticians, but rather a book about some of the stuff that makes maths so interesting. Read morePublished 22 days ago by N. Tuson
Brilliant - even better than his previous book "Alex in Numberland"Published 2 months ago by Dr Mike Sporton
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