Best Alex Bellos books
Can You Solve My Problems?: Ingenious, Perplexing, and Totally Satisfying Math and Logic Puzzles
Best price for this book: $ 10.84
Bestselling math writer Alex Bellos has a challenge for you: 125 of the world’s best brainteasers from the last two millennia.
Armed with logic alone, you’ll detect counterfeit coins, navigate river crossings, and untangle family trees. Then—with just a dash of high school math—you’ll tie a rope around the Earth, match wits with a cryptic wizard, and use four 4s to create every number from 1 to 50. (It can be done!)
The ultimate casebook for daring puzzlers, Can You Solve My Problems? also tells the story of the puzzle—from ancient China to Victorian England to modern-day Japan. Grab your pencil and get puzzling!
The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
Best price for this book: $ 8.98
From triangles, rotations, and power laws, to cones, curves, and the dreaded calculus, Alex Bellos takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through more than 30,000 survey submissions to uncover the world’s favorite number and meets a mathematician who looks for universes in his garage. He attends the World Mathematical Congress in India and visits the engineer who designed the first roller-coaster loop.
“Channeling the spirit of Martin Gardner…Bellos introduces fascinating characters, from the retired cab driver in Tucson whose hobby is factoring prime numbers, to swashbuckling astronomer Tycho Brahe, who lost his nose in a duel over a math formula. Through intriguing characters, lively prose, and thoroughly accessible mathematics, Bellos deftly shows readers why math is so important, and why it can be so much fun” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Get hooked on math as Bellos delves deep into humankind’s turbulent relationship with numbers, revealing how they have shaped the world we live in.
Alex's Adventures in Numberland
Best price for this book: $ 9.03
Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math and Beauty
Best price for this book: $ 7.5
Publisher's note: Find even more mathemagical coloring in Visions of the Universe, new in December 2016!
Contemplate the Patterns of the Universe as you color! Math is at the heart of many natural wonders and has an abstract beauty all its own—in the silhouette of a snowflake, the spiral seeds of a sunflower, and the symmetry of the Sri Yantra mandala.
From the 4-D hypercube that casts a starlike shadow, to the infinite pattern of Penrose tiles that never perfectly repeats, these 57 exquisite designs reveal their secrets as you fill them with color. Art becomes an act of discovery—no math knowledge is required!
In the bonus Creating section, as you join dots, flip coins, and follow other simple steps, 12 surprising images will emerge before your eyes.
This is an adventure for all ages—and a treasure for artists in Numberland!
Visions of the Universe: A Coloring Journey Through Math’s Great Mysteries
Best price for this book: $ 9.48
Peek “behind the scenes” of the universe—and see math in brilliant color!
For curious minds throughout history, math was truly an art. In Visions of the Universe, you can pick up right where Isaac Newton, Blaise Pascal, and other luminaries left off—by coloring 58 exquisite patterns inspired by great discoveries in math:
- Intricate geometric designs like those that grace the mosques of Mecca
- Felix Klein’s astounding diagram—drawn in 1897—of light reflecting between five mirrored spheres
- A mind-bending puzzle so beautiful it once hung outside a Japanese temple, and more!
Plus, in the Creating chapter, you’ll help complete 10 additional images by following simple steps that give spectacular results. No math knowledge is required: Anyone can be an artist in Numberland!
Here's Looking at Euclid: From Counting Ants to Games of Chance - An Awe-Inspiring Journey Through the World of Numbers
Best price for this book: $ 7.45
Bellos has traveled all around the globe and has plunged into history to uncover fascinating stories of mathematical achievement, from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of the Zen master of origami, one of the hottest areas of mathematical work today. Taking us into the wilds of the Amazon, he tells the story of a tribe there who can count only to five and reports on the latest findings about the math instinct—including the revelation that ants can actually count how many steps they’ve taken. Journeying to the Bay of Bengal, he interviews a Hindu sage about the brilliant mathematical insights of the Buddha, while in Japan he visits the godfather of Sudoku and introduces the brainteasing delights of mathematical games.
Exploring the mysteries of randomness, he explains why it is impossible for our iPods to truly randomly select songs. In probing the many intrigues of that most beloved of numbers, pi, he visits with two brothers so obsessed with the elusive number that they built a supercomputer in their Manhattan apartment to study it. Throughout, the journey is enhanced with a wealth of intriguing illustrations, such as of the clever puzzles known as tangrams and the crochet creation of an American math professor who suddenly realized one day that she could knit a representation of higher dimensional space that no one had been able to visualize.
Whether writing about how algebra solved Swedish traffic problems, visiting the Mental Calculation World Cup to disclose the secrets of lightning calculation, or exploring the links between pineapples and beautiful teeth, Bellos is a wonderfully engaging guide who never fails to delight even as he edifies. Here’s Looking at Euclid is a rare gem that brings the beauty of math to life.
The Golden Ratio Coloring Book: And Other Mathematical Patterns Inspired by Nature and Art
Best price for this book: $ 5.97
The golden ratio is the mathematical equation that describes what many consider the “divine proportion,” and it’s found throughout nature, as well as in art and architecture. This stunning coloring book showcases the beauty of Fibonacci's most famous formula, exploring the many ways numbers and beauty combine. Logical and creative minds alike will enjoy filling in the spirals and designs in these remarkable images.
The Original Area Mazes: 100 Addictive Puzzles to Solve with Simple Math―and Clever Logic!
Best price for this book: $ 6.31
Once you match wits with area mazes, you’ll be hooked! Your quest is to navigate a network of rectangles to find a missing value.
- Area = length × width
- Use spatial reasoning to find helpful relationships
- Whole numbers are all you need. You can always get the answer without using fractions!
Originally invented for gifted students, area mazes (menseki meiro), have taken all of Japan by storm. Are you a sudoku fanatic? Do you play brain games to stay sharp? Did you love geometry . . . or would you like to finally show it who’s boss? Feed your brain some area mazes—they could be just what you’re craving!