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

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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. Chapters 0 tells how numbers emerged, evolving from a means of counting items necessary for survival to wholly counter-intuitive abstract concepts.

Alex Bellos is witty, serious, engaging and if I may say so, utterly charming in his narration of the history of mathematics. Bellos's promised excursion begins with the invention of zero, a number so basic to all calculations that it is easy to forget that it needed to be invented. He has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford, and is a former South America correspondent for the Guardian . I did struggle with some of the ideas but very often when I asked my husband to explain I found that the author explained the whole thing in the following paragraph.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! It is a chapter that discusses Euclid's Fifth Postulate, which came to be reformulated as the Parallel Postulate: “Given a line and a point not on that line, then there is at most one line that goes through the point and is parallel to the original line.

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.

Moreover, his goal is not to instruct, any more than the goal of THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is a manual on chess-playing. Some of the expeditions have led to scientific insights about the world around us (the universe might turn out to have a hyperbolic shape first imagined by mathematicians hundreds of years ago) and the physical laws that govern it.

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