Hello World

Hello World is here!

It's a book about how we've slowly handed over control to computers - how there are algorithms and artificial intelligence hiding behind almost every aspect of our modern lives - and what that means for our society.  Cambridge Analytica might have made the headlines recently, but these algorithms are everywhere. In our hospitals, our courtrooms, our police stations and our supermarkets. This is a book that takes stock of where we are now, and where we are headed in the not-to-distant future. It's a story of the good, the bad and the downright ugly of modern machines, asking how much we should rely on them over our own instincts, and what kind of world we want to live in. 

It's been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Society Book prize AND the Bailie Gifford Prize - a major international award for non fiction. And they don't shortlist any old nonsense you know. So you know for a fact that it's going to be good.  

You can order on Amazon here for the UK version and here for the US.


The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus

Our 2017 Christmas book is here! Now with a fetching new cover, because there's nothing more Christmassy than RED.

And we're ready to answer the big, important questions..

Like, how do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list ? Can you predict Her Majesty's Christmas Message? Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner - shimmying up and down chimneys for a whole night - or fatter - as he tucks into a mince pie and a glass of sherry in billions of houses across the world?

Because who hasn't always wondered how to set up a mathematically perfect secret santa? Finally we prove once and for all that maths isn't just for old men with white hair and beards who associate with elves.

The book is available from Amazon and Waterstones and has been updated from last year to include an extra chapter (and probably a few less typos).


The Mathematics of Love

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I'll be the first to admit that love and mathematics don't seem to fit naturally together. I know - just as well as you do -  that the thrill of romance can't easily be described by a simple set of equations. But that doesn't mean that maths doesn't have anything to offer.  And by picking out big questions that maths is ideally placed to describe,  I hope to persuade you that maths can offer a valuable new perspective on matters of the heart: What's the chance of us finding love? What's the chance that it will last? How does online dating work, exactly? When should you settle down? How can you avoid divorce? When is it right to compromise? Can game theory help us decide whether or not to call? 

The book is available in hardback, ebook and audiobook