Alex Bellos was born in Oxford and grew up in Edinburgh and Southampton. After studying mathematics and philosophy he became a trainee reporter at the Evening Argus in Brighton. Bellos joined the Guardian in 1994 and in 1998 moved to Rio de Janeiro, where he spent five years as the paper’s South America correspondent. Since 2003 Bellos has lived and worked in London as a freelance writer and broadcaster. In 2003 he presented a five-part series on Brazil for the BBC, called Inside Out Brazil. Bellos’ short films about the Amazon have been broadcast on the BBC, More 4 and Al Jazeera International. His recent publications include Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, which has the US title Here’s Looking At Euclid.
It’s hard to think of anything more rational, more logical and impersonal than a number. But what if we’re all, universally, also deeply attuned to how numbers … feel? Why 2 is warm, 7 is strong and 11 is downright mystical.
The surprising ways that loops steer…and sometimes derail…our lives.
Math can get pretty loopy, at least when we try to explain it. But according to author Alex Bellos, the most straightforward mathematical concept might be the loopiest. Then producer Mark Philips introduces us to William Basinski, a composer who loops analog tape to create a unique sort of ...