Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind

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


Kyle D Evans is a teacher and maths-based entertainer. Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind (Amazon UK, Waterstones) is his book all about viral maths problems.


Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind looks at a wide range of problems and puzzles that have gone viral on social media. As anyone who’s seen one of Kyle’s shows would expect, it’s both understandable and amusing.


This book offers very clear explanations of the maths involved, but first discusses each problem and gives the user time to digest the problem and thing about it themselves first.


As viral maths problems—and things going viral at all—are (mostly, see chapter 2) relatively recent phenomena, this book avoids treading the same old ground that other maths books are written about. Although (due to their viral nature) I had seen many of the problems before, I hadn’t spent that much time thinking about all of them, so there was plent that Kyle could still tell me about them. It was very refreshing to read a book about maths that I’ve not read about in many other books.


I would very strongly recommend this one to mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike.


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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