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Mathematics is either something you hate or something you love – there’s no middle ground about it. Alex Bellos takes us on a fascinating journey to explore the mathematics behind everyday phenomena and things we take for granted. He travels around the world to meet people who are still pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the subject. Along the way he serves us forgotten stories & anecdotes from the world of maths and shares his trove of mathematical treasures for us to enjoy. This book will not make you count any faster – though there are some tips for those too – but it will surely make you sit up and approach with renewed understanding some of the things that we know subconsciously but never bubble up to the conscious surface.

Alex writes very well too, with the right reverance for the topic yet keeping the chapters – which incidentally start from zero – light & entertaining. If you are a maths wizard or someone who routinely cringes at anything more complex than an addition, this book will have some eye-openers for you.

Very good read and must-have in any decent collection.

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I am not a fan of biographies but this was one autobiography that I was looking forward to for a long time and it didn’t disappoint. On the contrary, this lifestory by one of the most respected people on television read every bit like a thriller. The locations are far more exotic than a James Bond movie. The cast, thankfully lacking in much human presence, is varied and colourful.

David Attenborough writes even better than he presents. The book is essentially his journey in television and how the ideas for his documentaries evolved and were brought to the small screen. Its filled with witty anecdotes on every page, nuggets of information on tribes in far-flung lands andĀ almost magical descriptions of places that’ll never be on a regular tourist itinerary.

If you love the natureĀ and the outdoors, this book is a must-read for the sheer sense of adventure & enthusiasm that spring out from every page. We can only envy Sir David for the very lucky set of opportunities he has had and this book gives a small sense of the sheer fun he must’ve had on them.

If you are buying this book, I’d recommend the hard-cover version with a good print. I bought the paperback edition with rather fine print – for reasons for economy (!), only to realise later that such books should be a keepsake for life.

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