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
Hi, I'm Alex Bellos. I write and I talk. Usually, about mathematics. Sometimes, about football and Brazil. My popular science books - Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass - are both bestsellers and have been translated into more than 20 languages. (In America they 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 latest books are Can You Solve My Problems?, a compendium of almost 200 maths and logic puzzles mixed with historical, biographical and mathematical background, and Football School, a children's book that uses football to explain everything from maths to zoology and from English to fashion. (If you have an early edition of Problems, there are a few Errata here.)
I am also the author of the mathematical colouring book Snowflake, Seashell, Star, a collaboration with Edmund Harriss. In America the title is Patterns of the Universe. If you are a teacher and would like a pack of free printable images from this book, please email me letting me know which country you are in so I can send you the right pack.
Another new project is LOOP, pool on an elliptical table.
SEE ME LIVE: A list of my upcoming talks is here.
My first book was Futebol: the Brazilian Way of Life, a look at contemporary Brazil through football, and I co-wrote Pelé's autobiography.
This website has more information about my books, my talks, my radio documentaries, my YouTube clips and me.
BOOKS - MATHEMATICS
BOOKS - BRAZIL
BOOKS - TRANSLATIONS