The Number Mysteries

Marcus du Sautoy

‘Mind-bending, fascinating and useful too. Maths didn’t used to be this much fun.’ Alan Davies. We are all taught how fundamental maths is to the world we live. But did you know that Wayne Rooney solves a quadratic equation every time he connects with a cross to put the ball in the back of the net? That we use prime numbers when we shop on the Internet? Or that you can win $1 million just by solving one of the five puzzles in The Num8er My5teries? In The Num8er My5teries, Marcus du Sautoy – mathematician, footballer and amateur musician – brings to life the beauty behind five mathematical puzzles that have contributed to our understanding of the world around us and have helped develop the technology to cope with it. With load of games to play and puzzles to solve this is a maths book for all ages from 1-101. In The Num8er My5teries you will learn everything from how to better your chances at Rock, Paper, Scissors and break uncrackable codes, to uncovering the shape of the universe and predict the future. It will also show you how maths really is at the heart of everything that we do.

Reviews of The Number Mysteries

  • Praise for ‘Finding Moonshine’

    ‘…told with the narrative flair and storyteller’s sense of detail…one of the few popular first hand accounts from the frontiers of modern mathematics.’ The Independent

    ‘Marcus Du Sautoy knows how to tell a story, and, even more important, how to make difficult ideas palatable and entertaining. He is never condescending and is always true to the spirit of his subject. He is a living refutation of Hardy’s snobbish view that popularization is ‘work for second rate minds’.’ Sunday Telegraph

    Praise for Marcus du Sautoy and ‘The Music of the Primes’:

    ‘Du Sautoy is a contagious enthusiast, a populist with a staunch faith in the public’s intelligence…he has uncovered a wealth of intriguing anecdotes that he has woven into a compelling narrative.’ Observer

    ‘He laces the ideas with history, anecdote and personalia – an entertaining mix that renders an austere subject palatable…valiant and ingenious…Even those with a mathematical allergy can enjoy du Sautoy’s depictions of his cast of characters’ The Times

    ‘He brings hugely enjoyable writing, full of zest and passion, to the most fundamental questions in the pursuit of true knowledge.’ Sunday Times

    ‘A mesmerising journey into the world of mathematics and its mysteries.’ Daily Mail

    ‘A brilliant storyteller.’ Independent