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Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos – review

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. This groundbreaking book reclaims maths from the geeks. Andrew rated it did not like it Jul 30, Since I have lived in London, as a freelance writer and broadcaster.

Excellent – Exactly as described – arrived on time – I recommend this seller. Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos. Studies of Mundukuru tribespeople, who live in a remote part of the Amazon, show that they can count nnumberland four or five and then their next quantity is “many”. We found logarithms which were the only way to do complex engineering sums before calculators came along and realised that the collective behaviour xlex people or molecules was predictable, even if it seemed random.


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Read reviews that mention adventures in numberland great book math maths numbers alex bellos mathematics journey learn chapter mathematical. They have no need numberoand count lots of things and, indeed, see counting endlessly as a ludicrous activity. Asdasd rated it did not like it Dec 02, Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Packed with fascinating, numberlabd anecdotes, “Alex’s Adventures in Numberland” is an exhilarating cocktail of history, reportage and mathematical proofs that will leave you awestruck.

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Bellos starts his tour of the mathematical world with some anthropology, asking whether numbers are something natural to humans, or whether they are learned and constructed. I was hoping it would be here for Christmas but i was aware it might not be. Many historical little known data. From the thoughts of generations of mathematicians, our eyes have been opened to special numbers such as pi — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter that pops up everywhere in scientific theories — and the golden ratio, a number that exists in nature in the way leaves are arranged around stems and the shape of a nautilus shell, and is now used by designers of beautiful objects such as iPods.

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