Jonathan Beckman

Eucliding Me?

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

By Alex Bellos

Bloomsbury 448pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

There are undoubtedly physicists who write novels and biochemists who philosophise but I don’t know any arty types who spend their evenings curled up with some critically acclaimed number theory or multidimensional calculus. Unless you choose to study a maths-related discipline at university, then the subject – bar some frantic mental arithmetic at the supermarket till – is pretty much dead to you. This sparky new book demonstrates quite how much we’re missing. 

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