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Think of a Number [Paperback]

Johnny Ball
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Book Description

1 July 2010

Join TV Presenter, Johnny Ball for an incredible number-filled adventure, cracking secret codes and unravelling mazes - now in paperback

Let your child join Johnny Ball on a dazzling maths adventure to infinity and beyond.They'll find out maths isn't just about sums and calculations, but how numbers can take them anywhere!

Watch as they learn to test their friends with magic tricks, discover mind-reading techniques and find out about the simple puzzles that stumped the world's brainiest mathematicians for centuries.

So if your child thinks maths is boring - help them think again with Johnny Ball!

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; Re-issue edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405358025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405358026
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everything your maths textbook isn't. Brilliant. (Funday Times)

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Johnny Ball has masterminded and presented more than 20 children's television series about maths and science. He is best known for the hit BBC series Think of a Number. No-one is better known for making maths not just easy to understand but genuinely fun and fascinating.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for making maths fun again. 5 Aug 2005
If school has squashed any fun or interest out of maths like it did for me and my children - give this book a try. It starts off a bit like how Waldorf schools teach early maths, showing how it all started with ancient counting techniques. From there off you go to learn about Phi (made a little bit famous by 'The Da Vinci Code'), Pi, chaos theory and so much more - there are some practical things to do suggested throughout the book too. Brings colour, quite literally back to numbers!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! 10 May 2006
I found this book incredibly interesting, and I'm no maths fan - I leafed through it while babysitting for a friend who has a son of 9, then I bought the book for myself! It is so well written and extremely funny in parts. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age. I guarentee you will learn something new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one book two covers 3 July 2006
Go Figure! and Think of a Number by Johnny Ball are the same book with diffrent covers one for the uk market and one for the us market - dont make the same mistake i did and buy both of them !!

Apart from that one of the best books i have ever bought my son he dosnt like reading it is always a uphill struggle but he wouldn't put this one down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Think of a Number by Johnny Ball 30 Mar 2007
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I was fortunate enough to see Mr. Ball live at Yeovil College 2 years ago and bought this book on the strength of that. Maths was a real struggle for me but Johnny made everything easy to understand and fun! Now my own children can have the same input with this marvellous book. Designed for anyone and everyone - brightly coloured and brimming with Johnny's fun personality, this book will help anyone to rediscover their relationship with maths and who knows, maybe even build on it. I am studying to become a maths teacher and Johnny Ball is certainly part of my inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun with numbers 26 Jun 2011
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I am 9 and I think it is very funny. I have learnt that if we didn't have numbers then we wouldn't be able to talk about size, height, quantity, weight etc. I'm still reading it and really enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Mathematics Memorable and Marvellous 14 Jan 2012
This is a wonderful book that draws the reader in and keeps them hooked. It is suitable for anyone interested in mathematics and is likely to convert those who aren't!
It is superbly presented and is split into four (2 squared and also 2 + 2) sections; The origin of numbers, Magic numbers, Shapes and The World of Maths. The illustrations, diagrams and photos complement the text immensely. Highlights include the section on big numbers which includes the number of sand grains needed to fill the Universe, the entry on Pi (recently worked out to 1.24 trillion decimal places!), the feature on polygons, the pages on the 5 Platonic solids and the brilliant article on the art of maths which includes art by Escher, Carpaccio and Holbein.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab End of Term Present 20 July 2011
My son's teacher is the maths co-ordinator and, having got this book out of the library, we thought it would be a lovely present for his teacher at the end of term - she was absolutely delighted with it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 19 Sep 2013
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Excellent book! Great learnng fun for adults and children, a most to have in everyones house, even those who do not enjoy maths will after reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Think of a Number
A very good source and help for youngsters just learning and understanding their maths. Johnny Ball makes learning numbers fun..
Published 27 days ago by Jean Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have ever bought for my kids
Absolutely brilliant! Johnny's as on form as he was in 1980 (Think fo a Number TV series, which I grew up on). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Squidward
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !
Maths-mad son loves this book. We had it from the library for weeks (well months) and he read it lots. Great pages of puzzles but really informative and FUN. Read more
Published 3 months ago by londonMum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a genuinely entertaining tour through what could easily become a very dry subject. It builds up and covers some fairly advanced subjects towards the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ant
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten year old loves it
My ten year old girl loves this book and how to train your brain to be a genius, very engaging book. Highly recommended!
Published 12 months ago by jason bertucci
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must buy for number lovers
If your child loves numbers like mine, you will win great brownie points if you gift this to them! what a fantastic book! I cannot explain the joy it brought to my child..... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Subashini Mahesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Think of a Number by Johnny Ball
I first borrowed this book from our local library, children's section, and found it so useful for background information for talks to adults that I decided to buy it. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by Dodo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this for a friend for her birthday. It is such a superb and interesting book that I'll have to buy another copy for me.
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by V. Busher
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for a child who likes maths
Our youngest loves numbers, shapes and stuff mathematical and this book is a mine of activities and facts that keeps him busy for hours and which he keeps coming back to. Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by Vicky Park
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