Paperback edition of the bestselling book about the maths of every day life, which was shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. Peppered with anecdote and incident, Bellos brings the history and mystery of maths to life for the general reader. Over 35,000 copies of the hardback have been sold, and this will be supported by a poster campaign and a website with blogs, puzzles, videos and more. 'Outstanding... The style is laced with humour, but at all times, the star of the show is mathematics' Ian Stewart, "Prospect"
Alex Bellos has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University. He has worked for the Guardian in London and Rio de Janeiro, where he was the paper's unusually numerate foreign correspondent. In 2002 he wrote a critically acclaimed book about Brazilian football and in 2006 ghostwrote Pel 's autobiography, which was a number one bestseller.