Alex Bellos

Can You Solve My Problems?

Alex Bellos

Talk: Can You Solve My Problems?

Alex Bellos is a British writer and broadcaster who studied mathematics and philosophy in Oxford. His popular science books "Alex's Adventures in Numberland" and "Alex Through the Looking-Glass" are both bestsellers, but he also writes about Brazil and soccer. The "Monday Puzzle" blog he authors for The Guardian lead to the publication of "Can You Solve My Problems?", a book about the history of, as well as a collection of, countless fascinating puzzles. For Talks at Google, Alex presents an assortment of clever brainteasers from his new book and talks about the history of this millennia-old genre. So please pause the video from time to time and check for yourself: Can you solve the problems?

Alex Bellos

Alex Bellos is a British writer and broadcaster. He is the author of books about Brazil and mathematics, as well as having an online column in The Guardian.

Can You Solve My Problems?

A good puzzle is ingenious, frustrating and a-ha!-inducing. In this entertaining and utterly addictive book, Bellos will challenge you to pit your wits against pangrams, hidatos, chessboard puzzles and a Singaporean schoolchild's maths paper. Piece of cake, right? Only if you know the scientific method for cutting cake correctly.

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