Snowflake, Seashell, Star: A Colouring Adventure in Numberland by Alex Bellos
(Canongate, 2015)

Snowflake, Seashell, Star: A Colouring Adventure in Numberland

by Alex Bellos

Mathematics can have two types of beauty. An aesthetic beauty and a conceptual beauty. This book explores where both combine. It will be stunning to look at but also effortlessly convey simple, but deep mathematical ideas. The reader will be invited to colour in, join dots, flip coins, follow rules, choose directions - the experience will be meditative and illuminating, and certainly never taxing. The book will be a mixture of painting by numbers, Wreck This Journal and art therapy books like Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden. This colouring book will convey the visual and abstract wonder of mathematics.

Reviews

Alex Bellos' and Edmund Harriss' mathematical colouring book is great. It puts the beauty of maths, famous but elusive, at the tip of anyone's pen. And you're not condemned to admire that beauty from a distance. With lines and numbers there to help, you can actually "create" it, even if you're not a gifted artist or mathematician.”
- Plus magazine