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John D. Barrow (Author, Cambridge University)

Overview | Inside the Book

“Where else does math become a romp, full of entertaining tricks and turns?”—Bryce Christensen, Booklist

Have you ever considered why you always get stuck in the longest line? Why two’s company but three’s a crowd? Or why there are six degrees of separation instead of seven? In this hugely informative and endlessly entertaining book, John D. Barrow takes the most baffling of everyday phenomena and—with simple math, lucid explanations, and illustrations—explains why they work the way they do. His witty, crystal-clear answers shed light on the dark and shadowy corners of the physical world we all think we understand so well.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33867-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 304 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“I suspect the craft behind this fun book will only really come to light as we attempt to tell Barrow’s stories to our friends. Suddenly, we will realize how much effort Barrow has expended in explaining difficult things simply.” — Simon Ings, The Telegraph

“John Barrow’s wonderfully informative book should charm both lovers and haters of mathematics.” — Sheldon Lee Glashow, Boston University, Nobel Laureate

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