An Evening with Johnny Ball

Thursday 26 October, 6.30pm
Books, lower ground

We’re delighted to welcome Johnny Ball, by some margin Britain's most famous mathematician. Wonders Beyond Numbers is his first book over a decade. A celebration of his love for the subject, it ranges from ancient Egypt to the present day, from Russian sums in an English pub, circa 1946 to the ‘many tentacles’ of modern mathematics underpinning astronomy, computing, network theory, topology and much more. Join Johnny for a fun and fact-filled evening which will kindle – or re-kindle- your enthusiasm for this astonishing subject.

Tickets £6, available from Customer Services, floor 2 or online.
Includes a glass of wine and £5 off the book when purchased on the evening.

Concessions tickets available for 14 - 16 year olds. Please contact Customer Services on 01603 660661

More about the author and book...

‘Mathematics has been my travelling companion throughout my entire life. Very often today people stop me to say that my TV shows helped them on their paths to become scientists, teachers, statisticians, model jet-engine makers, Big Issue sellers, bookmakers, nuclear physicists, authors and more. I am truly a very lucky man.’

Johnny Ball is by some margin Britain's most famous mathematician. Wonders Beyond Numbers is his first book over a decade. A celebration of his love for the subject, it ranges from ancient Egypt to the present day, from Russian sums in an English pub, circa 1946 to the ‘many tentacles’ of modern mathematics underpinning astronomy, computing, network theory, topology and much more. The unique ‘WOW’ Factor highlights astonishing and eye-popping mathematical wonders which will kindle – or re-kindle- your enthusiasm for this astonishing subject.
As Johnny says: ‘the ocean of mathematics if full of amazing things, and extraordinary stories of the brave and heroic people who opened up this world of wonders for us.’ It’s time to dive in!
A lifelong maths obsessive, Johnny Ball started out as a Butlin’s redcoat and standup comic before appearing on BBC TV’s Play School from 1967. His real break, though, came in 1977, with the first series of , a tea-time popular maths show. A smash hit, this spawned various other shows (such as Johnny Ball Reveals All), as Johnny quickly became one of the most famous faces on British television. Johnny remains a regular fixture on TV and radio, and is comfortably Britain's most famous mathematician in the real world, too.