I’ve only read about 30 pages so far, but this is clearly one of the best science books I’ve ever read. It’s clear, always to the point, conceptual, connects advances in math to the larger story, explains math, and is full of interesting details. By Reviel Netz. Here is a brief excerpt:
And that is how mathematics first appears in the historical record: the simple, clever games that accompany the education of bureaucrats.
One of the best books of the year, highly recommended.