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.