Marcus du Sautoy on Around the World in 80 Games

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Award-winning mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explores the maths behind the games we love, and why we love to play them in conversation with Alex Bellos

Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy has been named by the Independent on Sunday as one of the UK's leading scientists, has written extensively for the Guardian, The Times and the Daily Telegraph and has appeared on Radio 4 on numerous occasions. In 2008 he was appointed to Oxford University’s prestigious professorship as the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science, a post previously held by Richard Dawkins. In his new book, Around the World in 80 Games, he explores the maths behind the games we love to play, and why we love to play them. Spanning millennia, countries and cultures, he discovers how maths and games have been integral to human psychology and culture.

Alex Bellos

Alex Bellos is a grandmaster of the puzzling world, brilliant on all things cryptic. His bestselling, award-winning books include Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, Alex Through the Looking-Glass and Can You Solve My Problems?, and have been translated into more than twenty languages. He is also the coauthor of two mathematical colouring books and the children’s series Football School. His YouTube videos have been seen by more than twenty million people, and he writes a popular puzzle blog for the Guardian. @alexbellos