Alex's Adventures in Numberland

  • by Alex Bellos
  • Narrated by Alex Bellos
  • 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The world of maths can seem mind-boggling, irrelevant and, let's face it, boring. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Mathematical ideas underpin just about everything in our lives: from the surprising geometry of the 50p piece to how probability can help you win in any casino.
In search of weird and wonderful mathematical phenomena, Alex Bellos travels across the globe and meets the world's fastest mental calculators in Germany and a startlingly numerate chimpanzee in Japan.
Packed with fascinating, eye-opening anecdotes, Alex's Adventures in Numberland is an exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage, and mathematical proofs that will leave you awestruck. Shortlisted for the 2010 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.


What the Critics Say

"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)


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interesting (and ambitious)

What made the experience of listening to Alex's Adventures in Numberland the most enjoyable?

This is a very interesting attempt to make a book on mathematics - a story in a style of

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Although I am all in favour of math books without formulae, sometimes just a bare minimum is needed to illustrate a point. But how does one do it in an audio book? I found it a bit hard to follow some of the examples. Simple ones I could manage by drawing in my head, but with more complex ones I got quickly lost.

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- Dimitri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios