Dr. Körner explores a range of fascinating subjects in this interesting and readable book that continue to fascinate working mathematicians. The subjects span from the cholera outbreak in Victorian Soho to the creation of anchors and the Battle of the Atlantic. The author avoids condescending while explaining issues and using relatively easy terminology and concepts. Find inspiration here if you’re a mathematician looking to describe to others how you spend your working days. Everyone with interest in the applications of mathematics will enjoy this book.