Back of the net! Saturday30th, 12:15pm
Hi, I’m Alex Bellos. I write and I talk. Usually, about mathematics and puzzles. Sometimes, about football and Brazil. My popular science books Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, Alex Through the Looking-Glass and Can You Solve My Problems? are all top ten bestsellers in the UK and have been translated into more than 20 languages. (In America the first two have the titles Here’s Looking at Euclid and The Grapes of Math). I write a maths blog and a puzzle blog for the Guardian and frequently speak on maths at conferences, festivals, in schools and in companies. My maths blog won the prize for best science blog 2016 awarded by the Association of British Science Writers. My most recent mathsy book is Puzzle Ninja, a collection of more than 200 Japanese logic puzzles. (Errata for Can you Solve my Problems are here.) I’m also the co-author of the Football School series for children, more about which below.
Think of the best storyteller you know and the coolest teacher you ever had, and now you’ve got some idea of what Alex Bellos is like.
– Steven Strogatz, Cornell University
Alex is one of the few people who can talk about numbers without being intimidating.
– Evan Davis, BBC
Ben Lyttleton is a European football writer and broadcaster whose work has been syndicated in more than twenty countries. He is also a director of Soccernomics, the football consultancy.