- Gebundene Ausgabe: 448 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing; Auflage: 1st (5. April 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0747597162
- ISBN-13: 978-0747597162
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3,9 x 23,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 75.386 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Alex's Adventures in Numberland (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 5. April 2010
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'Original and highly entertaining' Sunday Times 'Will leave you hooked on numbers' Daily Telegraph 'A page turner about humanity's strange, never easy and, above all, never dull relationship with numbers' New Scientist 'Outstanding ... The style is laced with humour, but at all times, the star of the show is mathematics' Ian Stewart, Prospect
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Alex Bellos has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University. He has worked for the Guardian in London and Rio de Janeiro, where he was the paper's unusually numerate foreign correspondent. In 2002 he wrote a critically acclaimed book about Brazilian football and in 2006 ghostwrote Pele's autobiography, which was a number one bestseller.
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The book is highly entertaining and covers a broad range of maths history as well as applied science.
No comparison to the dry stuff you got treated with back in school. Since the chapters can be read independently, this book is also suitable for people who do not manage to dedicate too much time to reading.
If you ever wondered why the hour has 60 minutes and every miunte 60 seconds, here you will find an answer and much more....
A must read for everyone who is remotey interested in maths and science books in general!
The quality of the book was great and i received it fast! :D
total worth it!
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If you can get non-mathematicians (or rather non-number loving people) to read this book, and get say past the first 30 or 40 pages, they will learn something. The key may be getting them this far. However, Alex Bellos shows his enthusiasm shine through the pages. The real-life stories behind, for example, abacus whizz-kids may, just may promote similar excitement in readers. But this is not just surface froth – Bellos really does know what he is talking about, and the stories are a result of some extensive travelling.
Numbers and mathematics are not ‘boring’. Perhaps for too long it has been presented the wrong way in some of our schools and colleges. Pi, algebra, geometry and slide rules are not only explained by Bellos, but more to the point illustrated. This gives insight, but because of the explanation AND illustration, it also gives excitement.
Let me be clear. Reading this book will not make you a better Sudoku solver, or increase your winnings in a betting shop. However, it may open your eyes to the way in which mathematics invades everything in our lives, even areas that do not seem to be ‘mathematical’. What has a perfect smile got to do with maths? I’ll leave you to figure that out, guided by Bellos’ excellent book.
And as a final thought, followers of Lewis Carroll may be attracted to the book because of the deliberate pun in the title, alluding to the title of the mathematician Rev Charles Dodgson’s best known title – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.