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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

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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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well, I am not a math wizard and I forget who suggested this book. but, like other things that you dont realize that can change your perspectives on things, this book can. This book is about numbers and how we use them and how they are historically affecting us today .... from simple counting systems to why and how statistics was birthed by gamblers wanting the win pot - it is here!! other amazing ideas about numbers (why we would have been much better off with base 12) is also wonderfully explained and told....
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Not ssurprisingly, this is the first maths books I picked up since university.
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!
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Too much waffle makes me wonder if the author got paid by the page. This book could easily have been half the number of pages.
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I loved the book!
The quality of the book was great and i received it fast! :D
total worth it!
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HASH(0x9f46ce88) von 5 Sternen Great book, but beware it is sold under two different titles 6. Januar 2012
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I bought this book for my 11 year-old son who loves math. He was very excited to see it because last year he read a book by the same author entitled "Here's Looking at Euclid" and loved it. Entertaining, thought-provoking, thoroughly engaging. Then he started to read and it became apparent that "Alex's Adventures in Numberland" and "Here's Looking at Euclid" are the same book sold under two different titles. Buy one or the other and you won't be disappointed, just don't buy both.
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HASH(0x9eff28e8) von 5 Sternen Exploring worlds you never knew existed 24. Mai 2011
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This is an absolutely delightful and entertaining book. Great if you like math but intriguing even if math doesn't come easy. Each chapter takes you on a journey exploring worlds you may never knew existed. It is written in an engaging style that keeps you interested even when the math gets a bit overwhelming. Would recommend to anyone with average or above average intelligence and curiosity.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who likes numbers, and maths. The book is, quite frankly, a delight to read. Alex starts with simple concepts in each chapter, and gradually takes you through more complex concepts. It is, at first glance, a simple book to read. However, it needs careful reading in order to fully understand all the concepts. The best part, however, is that you can come back to individual chapters and read them again.
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While the level of the book is relatively simple as books on math go there was still many interesting things to learn. It is a great book to pass on to friends and relatives that are not familiar with mathematics. In addition to some interesting math there are a some splendid stories. Highly recommended to all.
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HASH(0x9ef8c7e0) von 5 Sternen Every journey needs a map 16. November 2014
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It is as it says on the tin! This is a wide-ranging journey through some of the everyday situations that we see around us that have to do with numbers. These range through gambling (casino wheels, lotteries), Sudoku, abacus practitioners and Pythagoras triangles to the perfect shape for teeth. Add to this the meaning of infinity, and how one infinite number can be bigger than another, and you get the idea that this is a tour through some of the complexities and simplicities of numbers, number theory and how this impacts our life.

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.
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