Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics

Alex Bellos / Sep 23, 2020
Alex s Adventures in Numberland Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics Explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks Covering subjects from adding to algebra from set theory to statistics and from logarithms to logical paradoxes this title explains how mathem
  • Title: Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics
  • Author: Alex Bellos
  • ISBN: 9780747597162
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Explodes the myth that maths is best left to the geeks Covering subjects from adding to algebra, from set theory to statistics, and from logarithms to logical paradoxes, this title explains how mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives It also explains the strategy of how best to gamble in a casino.
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      • Alex Bellos

        I was born in Oxford and grew up in Edinburgh and Southampton After studying mathematics and philosophy at university I joined the Evening Argus in Brighton as a trainee reporter I joined the Guardian in 1994 as a reporter and in 1998 moved to Rio de Janeiro, where I spent five years as the paper s South America correspondent Since 2003 I have lived in London, as a freelance writer and broadcaster In 2003 I presented a five part series on Brazil for the BBC, called Inside Out Brazil My short films about the have been broadcast on the BBC, More 4 and Al Jazeera International.

    778 Comments

    1. While I was reading this book , I noticed it was published by Bloomsbury and I remembered that a few years ago they were doing rather poorly until J.K.Rowling came along with a seven volume Christian parable for children and magically transformed their financial performance.I might be the ideal audience for this book turned off Maths at school, yet still mildly interested, bed bound and unwell , with limited reading choices, however I found it largely uninteresting built up of clusters of not pa [...]


    2. This was a mixed bag for me On one hand it s an easy read, a beach read if you will, and it covers quite a lot of math s ground in relatively little space Most of the anecdotes and stories about former mathematicians I already knew, but it s nice to have them all in one place On the other hand the bock sometimes lacks a certain depth It is noticeable that the author is trying to offer something to readers who have little or nothing to do with numbers and maths Only those people would probably no [...]


    3. Alex Bellos is a gifted writer who has embarked on a mission to popularize mathematics He makes a frank observation that should give pause to any reader By age 16, schoolkids have learned almost no math beyond what was already known in the mid seventeenth century, and likewise by the time they are 18, they have not gone beyond the mid eighteenth century What ensues is both a historical tour and spontaneous encounters with some of the most eccentric people currently operating on the fringes of ma [...]


    4. This is a fabulous chronicle of the most esoteric subject in existence Alex Bellos is witty, serious, engaging and if I may say so, utterly charming in his narration of the history of mathematics He has organized the book in the way that allows him to be chronological while also taking diversions from time to time to connect with what s happening now in the field of mathematics.He begins with a systematic exposition of the idea of numbers and the need for them and progresses steadily at a really [...]


    5. Alex Bellos attempts to engage the general public in mathematics by describing maths in a way that anyone can understand He commences by describing how different cultures use counting and numbers, and in many ways this is the most interesting part of the book Several cultures, for instance, have no name for any quantity greater than about 4 I have a degree in mathematics, but there were many things in the book that were new to me, and some that made my jaw drop My feeling is though, that anyone [...]


    6. A must read for everyone Those who love math will enjoy it thoroughly and those who don t are likely to develop a keen interest in the subject.


    7. Is this a great book, or did I read it at the right time I am tutoring high school math and found much inspiration in these pages While there is little that is completely new for me, most of what is there is well explained He provides a lot of historical background, starting with tribes using a number system of one, two, many The author is not afraid of philosophy, as can be seen in this meditation on the number zero Indian philosophy embraced the concept of nothingness just as Indian math embra [...]


    8. The world of maths can seem mind boggling, irrelevant and, let s face it, boring This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks.This is how the blurb on the back cover starts Alex s Adventures in Numberland isn t quite as awful as that suggests, but it s very apparent Bellos is a journalist, not a mathematician He shares with most of his colleagues a subconscious but profound contempt of experts to his credit, at least it is subconscious , an inability to distinguish substance and legiti [...]


    9. This is a great book that delves into the fascinating history of math Stops along the way include the advent of zero, the use of the abacus and the sliderule, the search for the trillionth decimal in pi, the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, fractals, varying levels of infiniti, counting cards in blackjack, the definition of what s normal , and straight lines that aren t straight.Unlike some books that try to cover so many topics, Bellos goes into enough depth in each chapter to educate, ent [...]


    10. When I was a kid, I remember reading and loving E.T Bell s Men of Mathematics I later learned that his scholarship leaves something to be desired, but he brought out the humanity and genius of the big names and famous characters of mathematics Bellos doesn t have a similar goal in Alex s Adventures in Numberland , as he s just as interested in applications and the quirky patterns of maths as he is in the people behind it, but he captured my interest the way no writer since E.T Bell has You shoul [...]




    11. This was an excellent, fascinating read A comforting mix of history, anecdote and mathematical wonder, it was a brilliant book While I preferred the style and presentation of the second book in this duo Alex Through the Looking Glass, which I actually read before this one, and to which I gave five stars , the abstract mathematics in this book far surpassed its successor in the sheer amazement it created The last chapter utterly stunned me, in particular.I have always loved maths, but knew only a [...]


    12. I read Here s Looking at Euclid after reading Bellos other book Grapes of Math These two books have a very similar style, and I think I enjoyed both equally Bellos really does a great job explaining big ideas in mathematics, while fitting in history, mathematicians, puzzles, and jokes Here are a few interesting quotes from Here s Looking at Euclid For the Munduruku, who do not have a counting system past the number 5 , the whole idea of counting anything was ludicrous 4 When King David counted h [...]


    13. What a thoroughly fun book Yes, I got the book because of the title I figured anyone with a good sense of humor like that might do a reasonable job on a popular math book It exceeded expectations Bellos does a lively romp through various everyday and some not so everyday things with little resort to heavy equations or other soporific or brain wrenching stuff He covers sudoku, magic squares, number sequences, the probability and statistics of gambling and betting systems, pi and transcendental nu [...]


    14. This strays so far from my normal read, but I found it very interesting, and Bellos writing was engaging.I ve been spending the summer feeling like one of the teachers from Pink Floyd s The Wall, forcing my 12 year old to study Algebra in preparation for next school year It s been shear hell for both of us Neither of us likes math, but I m a really stubborn woman I ve been seeking sources that will make math algebra accessible, understandable, maybe even interesting Who knew There s a lot out [...]


    15. Ok, some parts of this book made me feel like a mental midget, some made me feel super smart when I understood what was being discussed and the rest made me realize why I majored in English and not math Can anyone please explain to me why it is important to know that there are sets of numbers larger than infinity Some of the stuff made practical sense, but who cares if the numbers between zero and one is a set of numbers larger than infinity Will it solve a bigger problem some day or is it mathe [...]


    16. I m not a math person by any stretch of the imagination, but I found this book to be a lot of fununtil about halfway through when some of the math discussions started going way over my head but that s my fault, not the author s This is basically a book about the history of mathematical thought and Bellos does a good job of pulling it all together in an entertaining and informative way We learn where numbers come from, how we went from counting sticks to written numbers, the invention of zero, nu [...]


    17. Deftly written and engaging, and manages to be mostly comprehensible to the non mathematician Bellos clearly loves him some numbers, and expresses his wonder and excitement well It s also a fun and quirky ride that covers counting, maths tools from the Rig Veda, gambling, geometry, sudoku and .No, I did not know that there are sets of infinities greater than infinity I wasn t aware that crochet was instrumental in 20th Century breakthroughs in maths and physics Fibonacci numbers help explain the [...]


    18. A bouncy and fascinating history of math.but that s just the start Mr Bellos also weaves in studies and observations about how math wires the brain, and how children in some cultures learn to count earlier because of the names of numbers.This is a very interesting and inspiring book, especially for those of us who think in words, not numbers, but who are interested in the very act and method of thinking.


    19. A very delightful approach to mathematics It was lighthearted and touched on subjects that would interest most audiences I think the statistical gambling section would be of particular interest to a few friends of mine and I will have to pass along at least these sections.


    20. Excellent introduction to Maths how could i ever have found it boring And why did no one ever tell me at school what Pi was for, or quadratic equations There have only been a couple of pages when I ve glazed over Really loved the section on Fibonacci numbers



    21. 4.5 one of the better popular math science books I ve read Not too technical, very engaging, though sometimes his comments can be a bit



    22. The most sacred object in Islam is a Platonic solid the Ka ba, or Cube, is the black palladium at the centre of Mecca s Sacred Mosque, around which pilgrims walk anticlockwise during the Hajj In fact, its dimensions make it just off a perfect cube The Ka ba also marks the point that worshippers must face during daily prayer, wherever they are in the world Mathematics plays of a role in Islam than in any other major religion More than a millennium before the advent of GPS technology, the require [...]


    23. It seems Alex has deliberately chosen topics that you would have never have learnt about but you most certainly have once wondered about Or at least if you never wondered about them before, you will after reading about it The books doesn t go deep into detail and doesn t require any prior knowledge It is like a travel guide for numberland Showing you places you might want to revisit again.My favourite chapter would have to be the chapter on our innate sense of numbers I must have also enjoyed t [...]


    24. So many interesting storys about math in one book I m a physics student and consider myself very into math but I knew maybe a fifth of all the stuff mentioned in this wonderful book It s also entertaining and fairly easy to read, the heavier things are in the appendix as opposed to the text.The only thing I didn t like were all the imo unnecessary descriptions of the people the author was meeting but I guess that stems from his journalist days.Fully recommend this to anyone interested in maths s [...]


    25. I really recommend this book, especially if you re considering reading mathematics at university I am currently in Year 12 and read this book as wider reading because I would like to read mathematics at university It is so detailed and interesting This book has given me a solid background knowledge about the history of mathematics, which will be useful for my university applications I also highly recommend this book if you re just generally interested in mathematics


    26. A history of mathematics jam packed with interesting tidbits from history and Bellos own anecdotes of meeting current mathematicians The math was easy to follow Although I had learnt a lot of it in school and college, it was from the perspective of how to solve sums, and Bellos focused on why things are done as they are I also liked the interplay of maths with other fields of study A fun read, with interesting bits that will show up in my next quiz.


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