Books by Amir D. Aczel

FINDING ZERO by Amir D. Aczel
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"If readers can avoid getting bogged down in the side trips through Eastern philosophy, the journey to zero is an adventure worth joining."
The author of the best-selling Fermat's Enigma (1996) and other popular books on mathematics and science takes readers through a history of zero and takes himself on a journey through the jungles of Cambodia to find its earliest use. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2014

"Aczel dislikes atheists and often descends to their derisive debating points (e.g., religions sponsor charities; atheists don't), but he skillfully combines his specialty and good science to support, without actually proving, the existence of a Creator."
Mathematician Aczel (A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians, 2011, etc.) debated atheist Richard Dawkins in 2010. Here, he presents his arguments, and prominent atheists, Dawkins above all, do not come out well. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"No-frills intellectual history for the lay reader."
A priest/paleontologist's fraught efforts to reconcile the theory of evolution with his faith. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"A fascinating topic, despite the author's sometimes plodding approach."
The greatest mathematician of the 20th century was actually a committee. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"An entertaining introduction to one of the most universally relevant and most widely misunderstood branches of mathematics."
Are you a betting person? Here's how to calculate the odds. Read full book review >
PENDULUM by Amir D. Aczel
Released: Aug. 19, 2003

"A good summary of an important era in science and one of its underrated stars."
Everyone knows about Foucault's pendulum, but who knows anything about the man himself? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A compulsively readable investigation, as attracting as the magnetic north."
Talented popular-science writer Aczel (God's Equation, 1999, etc.) enthusiastically delves into the story of the magnetic compass. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 1999

"While the actual math is heavy going, Aczel gives a very readable account of the science and the scientists involved."
In 1912, Albert Einstein wrote down an equation that describes the structure of the universe. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Lively writing and the ability to work scientific history smoothly into the narrative make this a very useful addition to the growing body of work on a fascinating subject. (Author tour)"
Life on other worlds, long a staple of sci-fi thrillers, is now the stuff of serious science. Read full book review >