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An illustrated tour of the ideas we call "math"

What's bigger than infinity? How many shapes are there? And when will I use this in real life? The questions you were afraid to ask do have answers.
(But they aren't numbers.)

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"So delightful! Mathematics is playful, surprising, and enchanting, but those qualities are often obscured behind intimidating equations and formalism. Milo brings them out into the open for everyone to share."

—Sean Carroll, professor of theoretical physics, California Institute of Technology, author of Something Deeply Hidden

"Math Without Numbers explores deep mathematical topics—and shows how mathematicians think—in completely readable prose. The puzzles and games are bonuses. Very enjoyable."

—Will Shortz, crossword editor, The New York Times

"With charm, unwavering enthusiasm, and a lot of cartoons, Math Without Numbers waltzes the reader through a garden of higher mathematics."

—Jordan Ellenberg, professor of mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of How Not To Be Wrong

"Smart and creative ... Beckman's approachable writing and Erazo's delightful illustration combine to tell an insightful and entertaining story about math."

—Giorgia Lupi, author of Dear Data

"A cheerful, chatty, and charming trip through the world of mathematics and its relation to the world of people — and not a number in sight! Everyone should read this delightful book. Even mathematicians.

—Ian Stewart, professor of mathematics, University of Warwick, author of Do Dice Play God?

"This is the book for you if you've ever been curious about the wonderful ideas and concepts underlying modern math, but been too frightened to make a start."

—Graham Farmelo, author of The Universe Speaks in Numbers

"Math Without Numbers offers an accessible and whimsically illustrated glimpse of what pure mathematicians study, all while capturing the playful spirit with which they do it."

—Grant Sanderson, creator of 3Blue1Brown

"The book's accessible language and illustrations makes understanding some of the most complex (and possibly most intimidating) math concepts feel as effortless as breathing."

—Stefanie Posavec, co-author of Dear Data and Observe, Collect, Draw!

"The book does an excellent job of capturing the essence of what makes math interesting while avoiding intimidating technical details. A fine addition to my collection."

—Shareef Jackson, STEM Diversity Advocate

"A playful paean ... Readers with an abundance of curiosity and the time to puzzle over Beckman's many examples, riddles, and questions, will make many fascinating discoveries.

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