Review by Elizabeth Quill
Numberland is a topsy-turvy place. In his new book, Bellos follows math’s counterintuitive twists and turns with the surprise and delight of someone rediscovering a long-lost landscape.
After receiving a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Oxford University, Bellos left the world of numbers for the world of words — working as a journalist first in England and later in Brazil. Curiosity brought him back to math, and his return is captured in what could be described as a mathematical travelog. “I realized that I was behaving just like a foreign correspondent on assignment, except that my destination was an abstract one,” he writes.
Bellos doesn’t cover ground that readers will remember from the classroom. Instead he dabbles in the stories, debates and puzzles that most interes