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Anyone who thinks they don't like maths might still enjoy this book!
on 30 April 2014
I am someone who thinks they don't like maths.
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!