Snowflake Seashell Star: Colouring Adventures in Numberland
Alex Bellos with Edmund Harriss
Allen & Unwin Australia
Canongate Books Ltd
Bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland joins the meditative colouring book craze with this mathematical colouring book.
Joyful contemplation of mathematical patterns has long been part of the human experience, from the philosophers of Ancient Greece to the artists of the Renaissance, via Islamic design and Hindu mandalas. Now, Alex Bellos, the bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, takes you on a calming and colourful journey into the magical world of mathematics.
Snowflake, Seashell, Star is full of intricate and divinely beautiful illustrations, using patterns such as loops, waves and spirals, created by Alex Bellos in collaboration with his friend and mathematical artist, Edmund Harriss. Stretch your artistic talents and embrace mathematics’ aesthetic and conceptual exquisiteness.
In 80 glorious images, Alex will teach you how to convey the wonder of mathematics through colour and design. Snowflake, Seashell, Star is an incredible celebration of the overlaps between mathematics and art, learning and play, concentration and calm.
The introduction to this visually stunning colouring in book says it all “Snowflake Seashell Star is both a field guide for the mathematical adventurer and therapeutic exercise book designed to bring insight and illumination through the mediative experience in colouring in.
Not only are the shapes exquisitely pretty, but they unlock the secrets of an intellectual quest that has been under way for three thousand years. Mathematics is the search to understand the patterns of the universe in their purest form.
No mathematical knowledge is required or assumed. But even in the selection of your colours to use, you will be engaging and enhancing your mathematical intuition.”
This must be my favourite colouring book of the year! Suitable for adults or middle school children upwards, (I think), this would make the perfect gift in any season or for any purpose!