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Another undistinguished popular maths book
on 1 August 2017
As popular maths writing goes this is at the lower end of fair-to-middling. There are much better alternatives, notably Frank Land's, "The Language of Mathematics", which is always my first recommendation in this genre.
The alternation between (overly long) anecdotes and actual maths reads, to me at least, unevenly - jerky, almost. This takes space away from clearer explanation of key ideas, which in places the book sorely needs.
It's good in the odd few parts and many of the anecdotes are pleasingly up-to-date - but otherwise it's an undistinguished addition to the body of popular maths books.