**By Johnny Ball,**

__Wonders Beyond Numbers: A Brief History of All Things Mathematical__

In this book, Johnny Ball tells one of the most important stories in world history the story of mathematics By introducing us to the major characters and leading us through many historical twists and turns, Johnny slowly unravels the tale of how humanity built up a knowledge and understanding of shapes, numbers and patterns from ancient times, a story that leads directlIn this book, Johnny Ball tells one of the most important stories in world history the story of mathematics By introducing us to the major characters and leading us through many historical twists and turns, Johnny slowly unravels the tale of how humanity built up a knowledge and understanding of shapes, numbers and patterns from ancient times, a story that leads directly to the technological wonderland we live in today As Galileo said, Everything in the universe is written in the language of mathematics , and Wonders Beyond Numbers is your guide to this language.Mathematics is only one part of this rich and varied tale we meet many fascinating personalities along the way, such as a mathematician who everyone has heard of but who may not have existed a Greek philosopher who made so many mistakes that many wanted his books destroyed a mathematical artist who built the largest masonry dome on earth, which builders had previously declared impossible a world renowned painter who discovered mathematics and decided he could no longer stand the sight of a brush and a philosopher who lost his head, but only after he had died.Enriched with tales of colourful personalities and remarkable discoveries, there is also plenty of mathematics for keen readers to get stuck into Written in Johnny Ball s characteristically light hearted and engaging style, this book is packed with historical insight and mathematical marvels join Johnny and uncover the wonders found beyond the numbers.

Covers mathematics and some major mathematicians from ancient times to about the time of Newton Fairly interesting and the math is accessible to someone at a high school level.

For many people, Johnny Ball s TV programmes were the first indication that mathematics does not have to be frightening or hard work, but could actually be fun In the introduction to Wonders Beyond Numbers, Ball mentions being particularly inspired by Martin Gardner s books of mathematical puzzles and diversions as were so many and Ball s TV programmes had a similar inspirational effect, particularly for younger viewers.In this chunky 480 page book, Ball takes on a brief history of all things ma [...]

Lays out the major people and breakthroughs in math in chronology Useful for time line and some appealing personal stories Like most encyclopedias it s just the intro Have to go elsewhere for depth or explanation Some good charts But very good for putting developments in chronological order DPL book

A bit too focused on individuals to provide context or depth I was hoping for, but the book is a very complete introduction to the people and ideas of mathematics The book could easily be considered a short history of science as well.

A well written and entertaining history of Math nad Mathmaticians from earliest tiems to today.

Great time line and some interesting insights Mostly enjoyable but some of the summaries are a bit unusual and the descriptions of mathematical diagrams a bit perplexing.

This book was actually quite interesting, if you enjoy mathematics and history, because you get a lot of it, if you read this book Johnny Ball s writing style was great and he filled the rest in with facts, puzzles, and pictures to help the reader to get involved, unlike a text book He started off the book with the math behind the pyramids, which is actually the reason why I started reading it Johnny Ball wrote about many people from Aristotle, Plato, Newton to Albert Einstein.To be honest, I li [...]

Too small illustrations History over simplified