Much Ado About Numbers
by Rob Eastaway

Published by Allen & Unwin


What do Shakespeare and maths have in common? The answer turns out to be – a lot! Shakespeare lived at a time of significant mathematical breakthroughs – from arithmetic to navigation, and from probability to music. Remarkably, Shakespeare was not only aware of many of these historic developments, but he referred to them in his plays. This book began as a tongue-in-cheek teacher workshop in Stratford upon Avon, that led to two years of research and some astonishing discoveries. As well as being a celebration of Shakespeare's hidden mathematical talents, this book is about the connections between maths, history, science, music and literature, and the joy of Renaissance thinking.