New book blog: ‘Alex Through the Looking Glass’ by Alex Bellos

Every maths teacher in history must have had their own answer to the perennial student question, “But what’s the point of learning this?”. In this reviewer’s case, it was an enthusiastic but ultimately unconvincing explanation of how useful a knowledge of basic trigonometry had proved in putting up a garden shed. More engaging – and it should be, coming from a professional journalist who blogs about the subject for the Guardian as well as working as the paper’s foreign correspondent – is Alex Bellos’s latest book ‘Alex Through the Looking Glass’, now available in handy paperback format convenient for flinging … Continue reading New book blog: ‘Alex Through the Looking Glass’ by Alex Bellos