This page contains a list of some of my writing (not including my technical publications). Underneath, you can read some of the nice things other people have said about my writing.

### Books

• *Maths 1001*, **Quercus**, October 2010. “Absolutely everything you need to know about mathematics in 1001 bite-sized explanations.”

• *How to Build a Brain and 34 other really interesting uses of mathematics* (a.k.a. *Mathematics without the boring bits* a.k.a. *How to solve the Da Vinci code)*, **Quercus**, 31 March 2011.

• *The Maths Handbook*, **Quercus**, November 2011

• *Chaotic Fishponds and Mirror Universes*, **Quercus**, April 2013

• *Mathematics in 100 Key Breakthroughs*, **Quercus**, July 2013

• I contributed to *30 Seconds Maths*, edited by Richard Brown, published by **Ivy Press**, May 2012

• I contributed to *Fifty Visions of Mathematics*, edited by Sam Parc, published by **Oxford University Press**, May 2014

My books are managed by The Science Factory.

### Writing

• *The algorithm that runs the world* (cover feature about linear programming and Hirsch’s conjecture), **New Scientist** magazine, 11 August 2012.

• *Ultimate Logic* (cover feature about set theory and the continuum hypothesis), **New Scientist** magazine, 30 July 2011. (This article is included in The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012, ed. Mircea Pitici)

• *Large cardinals: maths shaken by the ‘unprovable’*, Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2010

• *Something doesn’t add up* (cover feature about arithmetical incompleteness and large cardinals), **New Scientist** magazine, 16 August 2010.

• *Knot or Not?* (feature article about knot theory and categorification), **New Scientist** magazine, 18 October 2008 (available in Mandarin here).

• *From e to eternity* (feature article about about *e*, transcendental numbers, and Schanuel’s Conjecture), **New Scientist** magazine, 21 July 2007.

• *An Enormous Theorem: the classification of finite simple groups* (Winner, **Plus Magazine New Writers Competition**, December 2006)

• *Cantor and Cohen: Infinite Investigators, Part 1: the axiom of choice* – **Plus** magazine, June 2008 (Also available in Arabic)

• *Cantor and Cohen: Infinite Investigators, Part 2: the continuum hypothesis* – **Plus** magazine, June 2008 (Also available in Arabic)

• *Exotic spheres, or why 4-dimensional space is a crazy place* – **Plus** magazine, January 2010

(and in Arabic)

### Commendations

*Book Reviews*

I am collecting reviews of my books on separate pages: Maths 1001, How to build a Brain/ Mathematics without the boring bits, The Maths Handbook, Chaotic Fishponds and Mirror Universes, and Maths in 100 Key Breakthroughs

* An Enormous Theorem*

My article won the Plus New Writers Competition in 2006, judged by Marcus du Sautoy (University of Oxford), John D Barrow (University of Cambridge), and Helen Joyce, Education Correspondent for *The Economist*.

“This is an excellent article. The author gave a real insight into the process of doing mathematics. This is the art of good popular science writing.” – Marcus du Sautoy

“In both content and style, Richard’s article is on a par with the best Plus authors – which include Roger Penrose, Geradus t’Hooft, John D Barrow, and Simon Singh.” – Marianne Freiberger, editor of Plus Magazine

*Ultimate logic: To infinity and beyond*

“[an] excellent article” – Tim Wilkinson

“Wow… such a refreshing and informative article.” – Grant Holland

“very cool” – Eric P. Charles

“Great article” – S. P. McCann

“A very readable article” – Alexander Bogomolny @CutTheKnotMath

“Thank you Richard! I’m no mathematician by any stretch, but I found this article interesting! You did explain this well despite the subject matter, and in such a way as to impressed upon the reader that there remains interesting things about mathematics yet to be discovered” – Pag

“This is an impressive piece of mathematical exposition. The subject of large cardinals is of course very technical, but you do a good job of conveying the flavor.” – Walt of Ars Mathematica

*The algorithm that runs the world*

“did a great job in making something mind meltingly dull sound quite interesting” – Ben Abramson

“Really enjoyed your simplex feature this week, which surprised me as I found the algorithm very dull at school! ” – Jacob Aron

*Something doesn’t add up*

“This is a great article, and Elwes is to be commended for bringing Harvey Friedman’s results to the wider public.” – Timothy Y. Chow

“Very Nice and Cleverly Written!” – Harvey Friedman

*Knot or Not?*

“People may be interested to learn a bit about Richard Elwes. He seems to be pretty serious about explaining math to a broad audience… but he seems to have a sense of humor, too” – John Baez

“I was delighted by the Knot Theory/Category Theory article. It is a gem” – Jonathan Vos Post, in the comments at the n-Category Café

*Large cardinals: maths shaken by the ‘unprovable’*

My article was included in the Daily Telegraph ‘Editors Choice’ selection online. It also received over 1000 Facebook recommendations, and was tweeted 100 times.

*Exotic spheres, or why 4-dimensional space is a crazy place*

“This is fascinating! And it’s so well written that even though it’s completely readable even to total maths beginners, it goes into quite a lot of interesting detail.” – dieyoubastards on reddit.com

“a great read and will put a smile on the face of any Lovecraft fan and give you a whirlwind tour of exotic mathematics at the same time” – Frater210 on Above Top Secret

“Eldritch Mathematician, Dr Richard Elwes” – Frater210 on Above Top Secret

“some interesting parallels between descriptions of Yog-Sothoth, and current ideas of the geometry of higher dimension.” – AHTZIB at Miskatonic Museum

“Oh, this is just perfect! Who knew Lovecraft was a hard science fiction author? At any rate, I am now resolved to devote a bit more study to mathematics for my own writing as a result of this article, and I’m a guy who avoids math (history degree). Nicely done!” – Christopher Baughman

*Simple City*

“Richard Elwes is a mere youngster, born in 1978. Growing up and living in England, he ‘matches’ my stereotype of Brits; he has a subtle, slightly twisted sense of humor which is shared in [Maths 1001] and on his weblog.” – sleeper54 at Epinions.com