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# Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math

by
Alex Bellos (Goodreads Author)

An excursion through the world of math that brings readers the joy and beauty of the mathematical way of thinking vividly to life.

Watch Alex Bellos demonstrating zombie multiplication on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG4iDp...

Watch Alex Bellos demonstrating zombie multiplication on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG4iDp...

Hardcover, 336 pages

Published
June 15th 2010
by Free Press
(first published 2010)

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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 any...more

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 le...more

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 more accessible, more understandable, maybe even interesting. Who...more

Unlike some books that try to cover so many topics, Bellos goes into enough depth in each chapter to educate, e...more

Oct 04, 2013
Barbara
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5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for:
curious, interested people

Recommended to Barbara by:
My Mommie

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.

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.

Apr 14, 2014
Ellen
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This book was decent. Lots of anecdotes about math history or culture interspersed with 'interesting' mathematical properties and trivia.

Unfortunately, the target audience is a bit unclear. The book seems to assume readers are unfamiliar with a lot of relatively basic math concepts, including logarithms, probability, and the Fibonacci sequence. But I would expect that the sort of people who would want to read a book about math trivia in the first place are already going to be fairly well-educate...more

Unfortunately, the target audience is a bit unclear. The book seems to assume readers are unfamiliar with a lot of relatively basic math concepts, including logarithms, probability, and the Fibonacci sequence. But I would expect that the sort of people who would want to read a book about math trivia in the first place are already going to be fairly well-educate...more

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 transcenden...more

The book starts with humans and how we count, back to tribal man and his “1,2 and many” through to the first counting techniqu...more

Some interesting facts:

- We tend to see the world from the POV of a logarit...more

*Here's Looking at Euclid*, a self-proclaimed "Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math" delivers on its promise. You'll meet the numerologist who persuaded Puff Daddy to change his name, a Romanian probability theorist who parlayed his know-how into enough lotteries wins to fund an early retirement in the South Pacific, and the nine-year-old Japanese prodigy who can play a speed-gam...more

But I

*loved*this book!

Part of the appeal of the book is its author. I am convinced that Alex Bellos could make anything interesting. He is a gifted w...more

*Adventures in Numberland*was a bit odd then, less a book exploring in greater depth the topics in includes, more a series of chapters like TV documentaries wh...more

*Guardian*, ma ha una laurea in matematica e informatica, almeno secondo quanto afferma lui stesso in questo libro. L'idea di base del libro è così quella di parlare di matematica come se si dovesse fare un report giornalistico. Indubbiamente, anche se il materiale è lo stesso che si trova in altri libri divulgativi, la presentazione è sicuramente diversa: la cosa può risultare interessante non solo per il lettore casuale che di queste cose non ne sa mol...more

The book is quick paced and filled with fascinating little vignettes. However, the overall work is a bit disjointed. Although Bellos got a degree in mathematics and philosophy, he...more

I glazed over in some sections an...more

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"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 broadca...more

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