Math Without Numbers

We review the sixth of this year’s nominees for the Book of the Year


Milo Beckman is a mathematician from New York. Math (sic) Without Numbers (Amazon UK, Waterstones) is a book that explains mathematical topics without any numbers.


The only numbers in Math (sic) Without Numbers are the page numbers. As numbers are out, the book leans towards many areas of maths that are visual. To aid its explanations, the book crammed full of lovely mathematical illustrations, drawn by M Erazo.


This book is well-written and explains its content clearly. It does a very nice job of taking the reader through the work of a mathematician: starting with an idea then refining it until it becomes something we can reasonably ask questions about, and find interesting answers to.


By avoiding numbers, this book takes a different approach to the majority of other pop maths books, and is a refreshingly different read.


I’d recommend this one to mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike. There are a very small number of parts of the book that may be hard for non-mathematicians to follow, but the quality of the rest of the book will make up for this.


You can vote for your favourite book on the Book of the Year shortlist below. The winning book will be crowned the Chalkdust Readers’ Choice. Voting closes at 5pm (BST) on Saturday 16 April.

What is your favourite book on the 2021 Book of the Year shortlist?

  • Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind by Kyle D Evans (50%, 11 Votes)
  • How To Think About Abstract Algebra by Lara Alcock (23%, 5 Votes)
  • Math Without Numbers by Milo Beckman (9%, 2 Votes)
  • Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths by Maisie Chan (9%, 2 Votes)
  • How to Read Numbers by Tom Chivers & David Chivers (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Weirdest Maths by David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee (5%, 1 Votes)
  • At Sixes and Sevens by Rachel Riley (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 22

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