Numbers are everywhere: sprinkled in books and newspapers, embedded in the foundations of our buildings, crunched in our technology and scattered across our daily routines. Alex Bellos delves deep into the amazing maths that lies beneath the surface of our world.
He takes us on a wonder-filled tour through history and across the globe, from Oregon where he meets a number-savvy private detective to France where he conspires with a member of a secret mathematical sect. Back at home he sifts through more than 30,000 survey submissions to reveal the world’s favourite number.
From triangles, cones and curves to rotation, proof and exponential growth, Alex unlocks the mysteries of maths. A true celebration of the joy of mathematical discovery and the eureka moments that come with thinking in numbers, this book will surprise you, bring a smile to your face and make you think again about the world you see every day.
These intricate and exquisite illustrations require no mathematical knowledge. Fill them with colour and reach a new understanding of the patterns of the universe in their purest form.