|Alex Through the Looking Glass
How Life Reflects Numbers, and Numbers Reflect Life
|Numbers are everywhere: sprinkled in our books and newspapers, crunched in our technology and scattered across our daily routines. In this book, award-winning author Alex Bellos takes us on a tour through history and across the globe, delving deep into the amazing maths that surrounds us all.
In America, he meets a private investigator whose numerical ruse catches criminals. In France, he conspires with a secret mathematical sect and back home in the UK he sifts through 30,000 survey submissions to find the world’s favourite number. Covering topics from fields including biology, music, linguistics, architecture and astronomy, this is a joyous celebration of mathematical discovery. It will surprise you, bring a smile to your face and make you think again about the world that you see every day.