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Alex Through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life Hardcover – 10 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408817772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408817773
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3.3 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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's Adventures in Numberland (Ian Stewart)

To read Alex Through the Looking-Glass is to have one's mind quietly but continually blown with the knowledge that the world, so seemingly complex, is constantly conforming to patterns ... Bright children, bored with the way maths is presented, will find plenty here to jolly up their calculus classes, while those with an in-depth mathematical education may still find new gems (Sunday Express)

Alex Bellos brings the quirks and eccentricities of numbers wonderfully to life ... Each chapter has its fair share of intriguing stories, which are always followed by plenty of equations and detailed explanations. In many ways, Bellos's books remind me of the writing of Martin Gardiner, who was one of the most prolific recreational mathematicians of the 20th century and who died in 2010 (Simon Singh, Observer)

The great moments in maths, it seems, are not contemplations of chilly glories, but small, satisfying discoveries, like getting a particularly clever cryptic crossword clue. It is this friendly approach to numbers that makes Bellos so approachable; he has a way of walking the reader through a problem ... If anything, Looking Glass is a better work than Numberland - it feels more immediate, more relevant and fun (Daily Telegraph)

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

Bellos's book is sprinkled with similarly surprising revelations about familiar mathematical objects ... Bellos has a fantastic knack of making you feel as if you're sharing a room with these mathematical explorers (New Scientist)

If you're someone who has always considered maths dull or boring, think again. In this engaging journey of mathematical discover, Bellos travels around the world to prove that numbers are fun and have changed us in fascinating, often surprising ways (Daily Telegraph)

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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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