"Possibly the nicest maths book ever written."
Kjartan Poskitt, author of Murderous Maths
"Anyone who is baffled by mathematics should buy it. And
all mathematicians should buy at least a dozen copies
to hand out to people they meet at parties.
My enthusiasm for it knows no bounds."
Ian Stewart in New Scientist
"Who would like this book? Absolutely anyone.
It is so nicely written, so charming, and so
entertainingly lighthearted, that it is
an absolute little gem."
PLUS on-line magazine, Cambridge
"A lovely little book."
Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem
"A little gem."
Niall Ferguson, historian, in The Sunday Times
"Highly accessible and entertaining."
The Mathematical Association
"The tone of this little gem of a book is set
by the allusion in its title to the W.C. Sellar
and R.J. Yeatman classic 1066 and All That ,
and the outrageous Steve Bell cartoon on its cover...
The book is such an easy and entertaining read
(my non-mathematical family members agree)...
There are few mathematicians who succeed
in writing popular accounts of their craft
without being superficial or condescending.
With this book David Acheson
has joined the best of them."
Times Higher Education Supplement
"My ten-year-old daughter read the book with my guidance and loved it.
Even mathematicians will find fresh perspectives on old themes in this
playful and inventive book."
John Mighton in The Mathematical Intelligencer
"The reader is left with a sense of
the magic of mathematics...
An earlier reviewer has advised everyone
to 'go out and buy a dozen copies',
and I heartily agree, and hope that our embattled
schoolteachers (and university lecturers!) take up the cry."
UK Nonlinear News
Full review "Truly inspiring, and a great read over a weekend."
"Every teenage mathematician should have a copy."
Symmetry Plus Magazine
"An ideal present for friends and relatives who are not
London Mathematical Society Newsletter
"Even though you have doubtless read everything by Keith Devlin, Simon
Singh, Martin Gardner...and you-name-it, this wonderful work is yet
another 'must' for your bookshelf!"
European Mathematical Society Newsletter
"An ingenious, pleasure-filled and humorous journey into mathematics."
Upsala Nya Tidning
"The jacket blurb does not exaggerate.....at least, not by much."
Canadian Mathematical Society
"An amusing and entertaining roller-coaster ride into the world of
American Mathematical Society
"Fasten your seatbelts!"
Mathematics in School