Although the topics in this book are fascinating, the book just didn't do it for me. Although I've enjoyed other of Pickover's books immensely, this one seemed too disjointed and hastily cobbled together.
As well, I found the author's opinions/anecdotes grew tiresome in this one, and he came across as pompous: as if he was trying too hard to impress when the material itself should have been impressive enough and given the focus. This detracted from a potentially good book. I did not finish it or find it satisfying. Not recommended as purchase, though interesting enough to borrow and browse thru on a rainy day, then investigate gripping topics via other sources.