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. Football School, a kids book I wrote with Ben Lyttleton, was runner up in the 2017 Blue Peter Book Awards.
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 the mathematical colouring book Visions of Numberland, a collaboration with Edmund Harriss. (If you have an early UK edition of Problems, there are a few Errata here.)
SEE ME LIVE: A list of my upcoming talks is here.
Football School is a children's book series that uses football to explain everything from maths to zoology and from English to fashion. Season 1 and Season 2 are out now.
Martyn Heather, Head of Education and Welfare, Premier League, said of Football School: "[It] will spark a love of learning in any child who reads it. It is intelligent, inspiring, funny, and deserves a large audience!"
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.
Another project is LOOP, pool on an elliptical table.
BOOKS - MATHEMATICS
BOOKS - BRAZIL
BOOKS - TRANSLATIONS