Alex Bellos writes about maths and football. He has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford, and is a former South America correspondent for the Guardian. His books include Alex Through the Looking Glass, Visions of Numberland, Can You Solve My Problems? and So You Think You've Got Problems? as well as the Football School series of children's books, which he co-authors. He has been the puzzle columnist for the Guardian since 2015. Alex lives in London with his wife and two sons.
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 * Outstanding ... The style is laced with humour, but at all times, the star of the show is mathematics * Ian Stewart, Prospect * If there was one book that was going to be compulsory for the nation to read it would be this one -- Evan Davies A magical mystery tour . . . Philosophy, religion, magic, history and basic sheep-counting are gather together in Bellos's bag of numbers * The Times * Revealing and insightful * Independent * A wholly original, beautifully written book about mathematics that does its subject justice but is so widely accessible that it will please everyone regardless of their numeracy * New Scientist * An entertaining and accessible account of how maths underpins our lives. Maths will never appear so forbidding again * TES * It is to be hoped that the uncountable delights of Bellos's book, its verve and feeling for mathematics, convey its enchantments to a new generation * Times Literary Supplement *