Julian Havil is the author of John Napier: Life, Logarithms, and Legacy; The Irrationals: A Story of the Numbers You Can't Count On; Impossible? Surprising Solutions to Counterintuitive Conundrums; Nonplussed! Mathematical Proof of Implausible Ideas; and Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant (all Princeton). He is a retired former master at Winchester College, England, where he taught mathematics for more than three decades.
Undoubtedly [this book], written in the same entertaining unmistakable style of the author and containing a lot of information - mathematical, historical and general - will attract, as the previous ones, a large audience. ---S. Cobzas, Studia Mathematica A wonderful addition to libraries where the mathematically curious find their reading. * Choice * Havil's narrative for each curve is a cornucopia of fun facts and rigorous explanation. ---Andrew J. Simoson, Mathematical Intelligencer This is not your father's - or grandfather's - standard collection of conic sections. ---Jim Stein, New Books Network What a beautiful book! ---Jonathan Shock, Mathemafrica.org