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Scribe to publish new book on the importance of maths from bestselling science writer Michael Brooks

Scribe is delighted to announce the publication of a new book from Michael Brooks, author of Daily Telegraph Book of the Year The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook and bestsellers including 13 Things That Don't Make Sense.

The Art of More, publishing in September, is an ode to the mathematics that has shaped our world: from enabling explorers to travel far across the seas and astronomers to map the heavens, to winning the Second Second World War and halting the HIV epidemic. Written by a quantum physicist who, despite his PhD, never quite managed to get his head around maths — until now — it has already received glowing endorsements from Angela Saini and David Rowan, and been selected by the New Statesman and the New Scientist as a book to look out for in 2021. 

Scribe bought UK, Commonwealth, and EU rights from Patrick Walsh at PEW. It will be published by PRH imprint Pantheon in the US. Further rights deals include Italian (Bollati Boringhieri), Dutch (Athenaeum), Korean (ROK), Complex Chinese (Gusa), and Simplified Chinese (Booky).

Scribe Editorial Director Molly Slight said: ‘Michael Brooks’ brilliant The Art of More was conceived as a book about maths for people who would never really read a book about maths, and I think it entirely succeeds. As somebody who has not studied maths in any capacity since school, I was struck by Michael’s ability to make this topic accessible without being reductive; his explanations of the maths behind humanity’s greatest achievements are clear and easy-to-follow, even though the concepts he covers are often extraordinarily complex. Overall, he powerfully demonstrates that maths is for all of us — it has made us who we are — and he inspires readers to recognise the power of numbers.’

Brooks said: ‘I’m extremely excited at the prospect of publishing with Scribe again, and at the prospect of welcoming new members to the maths appreciation club! Researching and writing this book has led me down paths I could never have imagined had anything to do with mathematics. So many of us have struggled with maths, and I’m hopeful that The Art of More will help people see that the subject is not just about doing sums, but about art, architecture, and revolutions too.’

For further information about Scribe’s publication, please contact Molly Slight (molly[at]scribepub.co.uk). 

For rights, please contact Patrick Walsh (patrick[at]pewliterary.com). 

For a proof, please contact Aoife Datta (aoife[at]scribepub.co.uk).

The Art of More

Bestselling science writer Michael Brooks takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of civilisation, as he explains why maths is fundamental to our understanding of the world.

1, 2, 3 … ? The untrained brain isn’t wired for maths; beyond the number 3, it just sees ‘more’. So why bother learning it at all?

You might remember studying geometry, calculus, and algebra at school, but you probably didn’t realise — or weren’t taught — that these are the roots of art, architecture, government, and almost every other aspect of our civilisation. The mathematics of triangles enabled…

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The Art of More

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