Alex through the looking glass how life reflects numbers

Alex through the looking glass how life reflects numbers

Alex through the looking glass how life reflects numbers and numbers reflects life ➼ [Download] ➹ Alex through the looking glass how life reflects numbers and numbers reflects life By Alex Bellos ➹ – From the bestselling author of Here’s Looking at Euclid a dazzling new book that turns even the most complex math into a brilliantly entertaining narrativeFrom triangles rotations and power laws to From the bestselling author of the looking PDF ✓ Here’s Looking at Euclid a dazzling new book that turns even the most complex math into a brilliantly entertaining narrativeFrom triangles rotations and power laws to Alex through ePUB ↠ cones curves and the dreaded calculus Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm He sifts through over survey submissions to uncover the through the looking ePUB ¹ world’s favourite number and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India and visits the engineer who designed the first roller coaster through the looking glass how PDF \ loop Get hooked on math as Alex delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers and reveals how they have shaped the world we live in.

10 thoughts on “Alex through the looking glass how life reflects numbers and numbers reflects life

  1. Ana Ana says:

    What a freakingly amazing book I think the best way to describe it is its sub title how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life This is what Alex Bellos tells us through many stories ranging from ancient Sumeria to today's computer geek centres I learned so much with this book and at the same time it was such fun I will be getting back to it often My last read of the year was surely one of my best reads of the year

  2. Lili Lili says:

    I received this book thanks to Goodreads First Read program and I am giving it a fair reviewOnce in a great while I run into a book that I want to savor like fine chocolate Usually I am very much so a speed reader and just zoom through a book The Grapes of Math was an entirely different thing I found myself pausing freuently after sections lost in thought about the material presenting absorbing the concepts and ideas I loved itMath and I have a very lovehate relationship to me it is very much so a beautiful language that I only half understand It has never come easy to meblame me being an impatient learner poor teaching having an 'abnormal' way of looking at the world and needing things explained differentlywhateverit has been a source of wonder and intense frustration my whole life As an adult I find myself and irked that I did not work harder to master the art of numbers so of course I was than thrilled to read this book It is exactly the kind of reading material I would suggest to someone who has the same 'learning disability' not that it really is it is a learning hiccup as me This book takes at times very advanced concepts and explains them in ways that actually make sense It uses history real life art and some awesome illustrations to make things like calculus and trigonometry approachable True this book is not a textbook I did not walk away from it knowing how to do calculus but I did walk away from it knowing how to approach it how to think mathematically I am going to go out on a limb and say this is the best book I have read this year possibly the best book I have read in years I am most certainly going to read Here's Looking At Euclid now

  3. Paul Paul says:

    You mention maths to people and they either think Mental Abuse To Humans or run screaming from the room But we are surrounded by numbers they are in the things that we read play a key role in everything we do online and the wonders of a simple coneIn this book Bellos draws out the stories behind the numbers We learn how simple triangulation allows us to move around the country with maps and sat nav How exponential growth is the key number behind You Tube sensations and Catalan architecture We meet those playing the game of life are beginning to understand the deepest complexities of life from a simple computer programme and how a simple mathematical law can catch the financial crook and we discover just what peoples favourite number areIt is a reasonably accessible book too even for those that normal turn a paler shade when the word maths is mentioned He does drift of into the delights of calculus in one chapter but all of the others are well explained understandable and may even make you smile every now and again

  4. Anthoney Anthoney says:

    My memory fails me most of the time when it comes to having read and comprehended science and maths It is a curse but has a silver lining in that I get to reorient with the fascinating world of maths and the concepts and the theorems and the deep insights seems wonderful again and I am like Wow againNot that reading such stuff makes me any smarter in fact it makes me feel like a dunce that I haven't comprehended this stuff in spite of being introduced to these I envy those who have been able to tame these wild beasts and domesticated them for our application and contributed to the development of the modern Scientific world But the joy in reading about mathematical gems and treasures is so rewarding that I almost weep with joy at some of the discoveries some of the outcomes of some euations just hit you boom I swear I am left shocked and thunderstruckThe book covers the usual suspects of the genre related to mathematics pi exponential constants trigonometry calculus factorials sounds intimidating but Bellos explains it well and connects the subjects After 25 years finally figured out trig basics of sin cos tan better Regret I didn't pay attention in school Got to know the beauty of Mandelbrot set catenaries that inspired Gaudi architecture have to know of him the fascinating Game of Life Great introductionsHaving read a few pop maths book feel that such Pop book writing seems to have evolved Writers seem to have developed in their translation of technical concepts and present it palpably This book is an example But alas I will have to come back to it cos I already seem to be forgetting some concepts Maths will always be elusive to me but I will make that pilgrimage again

  5. Eleanor Eleanor says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First readsI really enjoyed reading this book and contrary to my fear that I might lose heart with it I found myself and intrigued by each subseuent chapter Bellos deals with maths in a wonderfully playful fashion His attitude shines through in the chapter illustrations as well as some charmingly phrased analogies and segues into the next discussion Speaking of long tails Godzilla had oneThe text is written in a casual and friendly 1st person which guides you through the different topics I found this a little strange at first as I am used to formal scientific articles and textbooks but I soon tempered to it Also this happily separated it from associations with hard workThe book gives us glimpses of Maths' progression in history and introduces us to key players both historical and contemporary including interviewsuotes and pen pictures of the persons in uestion Cédric Villani is no ordinary looking university professorHe always wears a three piece suit starched white collar lavaliere cravat the kind folded extravagantly in a giant bow and a sparkling tarantula sized spider broochEffectively it is the exploration of Mathematics with the personality left inAs someone already enthusiastic about Maths I was pleased to discover new laws and the Game of Life as well as concepts with which I was already familiar presented in a new way However I did find something a little troubling in the tone of the introduction; a suggestion that I the reader would be reluctant to engage with this book and needed persuadingA note on the book's physical appearance I am disproportionally enraptured by the archer on the spine of the book shooting an arrow into a beautiful parabola but I could not conclude without mentioning it It is excellent Though Alex how many times is it necessary to print your name and image on the dustcover? I know you must be proud but it is a little much45 stars though rounding up only seemed fair

  6. Priya Priya says:

    This book is strictly for the Math enthusiasts and can make for some difficult reading for the uninitiated While the author tries to make it fun most of the book still feels very 'text bookish' and may not appeal to everyone This is uite unlike his other book Alex's adventures in Numberland which is easy and fun for everyone to read

  7. TheBookWarren TheBookWarren says:

    “Alex through the looking glass” missing from Goodreads?? is the prize novel from Bellos thus far but the constant treasure throughout is the witty charm of Alex Bellos Bellos then weaves intertwines that humour crafts a narrative that almost steals the show But not uite Numbers still are King there’s no shortage of truly remarkable numbers to become absorbed inNo page is complete without a relaxed flow of eccentric uirky undertone Overall humour numbers may not be used for fun in today’s society but Alex Bellos proves you sure can make some incredible links tell some incredible tales by simply making each mathematical euation or data far real interesting by soaking and absorbing it into real life narrative Whether one is engaged in a passage about the mathematical code behind a park bench to breaking up mathematics delving deep into the world of algorithmic breakdowns trigonometric theory

  8. Dave Dave says:

    A really enjoyable readable exploration of some higher math that I haven't thought about since the dark days of high school trig and calc There is a lot of cool stuff for the math curious in here Benford's Law Conway's Game of Life how to fairly divide a cake between three people presented in a lively manner that I wish I'd seen in my math textbooks Still if you never want to see an euation again this book may not be for you A notation heavy dive into calculus about two thirds of the way through nearly lost me but Bellos bounces back with a fascinating look at arcane math theory and computing

  9. Thom Thom says:

    Really enjoyed this author's previous book Here's Looking at Euclid A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math which was a lot of fun to read and very accessible to the math challenged This book has about the same amount of humor but dives a little deeper into complicated mathReally enjoyed the sections on triangles e and i the latter including the Mandelbrot set I believe the author went a little too far into cones and the chapter topics as a whole feel scattered than the previous book Good but not great

  10. Spencer Broadley Spencer Broadley says:

    I fortunately got this through goodreadscom and am pleased about thatI saw Alex Bellos on BBC Breakfast News being interviewed and was very impressed I knew I had won a copy at that time but was hoping the postman would bring it uickly 2 days later I received my copyWhat a book I have some statisticalmathematics background but the book will should be interesting and useful for all comers whether number minded or not in fact I believe it will be great to increase people's abilities with numbersI must recommend it fully to anyone well written well explained and certainly interesting 5 stars all the wayNow I will be hunting of Alex's books out

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