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.
I finally did it! I started this book on January 10, 2018 and just recently finished it. This book is my 1st reading resolution of 2018. It was supposed to be finished in January, but I tried. Life has been a little hectic. So back to the book.
It 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 like math and history, so I enjoyed reading it. But if you do not like math or history, then don’t ever pick this book up. There were parts of the book that keep me reading and there were parts that did not interest me at all. So, if you are a math or history geek, then you might enjoy this book.
Title: Wonders Beyond Number
Author: Johnny Ball
2018 Reading Resolution
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.