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

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And this book is also an answer (without actually trying to be) to all those people who ask – 'Why do we learn math if it has no real application in life? I'm an engineer, so I might be slightly better positioned to understand this text, but the format and language of the book assumes nothing of the reader (without being condescending) and explains every concept in a way that even a lay person will be able to follow. But you would be hard-pressed to find a book on this subject with the same humour, wonder, and with the comfort of knowing that the author is resolutely on your side on this (sometimes difficult) adventure through the land of numbers and shapes. Mathematics has revealed the underlying structures of nature, such as the golden ratio that defines the shape of a nautilus's shell. Most of the anecdotes and stories about former mathematicians I already knew, but it’s nice to have them all in one place.

When he was the Guardian's correspondent in South America he wrote Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life, a look at contemporary Brazil seen through soccer. Chapter Five reinforces the connection, noting, "Algebra lets us see beyond the legerdemain providing a way to go from the concrete to the abstract--from tracking the behaviour of a specific number to tracking the behaviour of any number. All of our books are 100% brand new, unread and purchased directly from the publishers in bulk allowing us to pass the huge savings on to you!Logarithms exposed the limitations of a brain that can memorise useless facts but could not hope to make the abstract concrete in a month of infinite Sundays.

SHORTLIST: BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2010 Praise: A mathematical wonder that will leave you hooked on numbers…It’s hard not to get swept away by Bellos’s enthusiasm Daily Telegraph Original and highly entertaining.

I found Simon Singh's 'Fermat's Last Theorem' a bit of a page turner which either makes me a right saddo or an intellectual genius. Alex Bellos is witty, serious, engaging and if I may say so, utterly charming in his narration of the history of mathematics. Our team is made up of book lovers who are dedicated to sourcing and providing the best books for kids. I'm not a reader of non-fiction for two reasons: (1) it usually purports to tell the truth when it is merely reporting a version of the truth like, well, fiction; and (2) it is usually less well written than fiction, where style tends to count more.

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