Alex Bellos was shortlisted for the 2011 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.
Alex Bellos spent a year travelling the world in order to discover where numbers come from and what we can do with them. His adventures included encounters with Ayumu, who is the world’s most numerate chimpanzee, the Shankaracharya of Puri, who is one of the most sacred men in India and also with the spectacular abacus champions of Japan, whose feats of mental arithmetic are barely believable. The event will be followed by the announcement of the longlist for the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.
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