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Book of Numbers

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
From zero to infinity, The Book of Numbers opens up a new world of knowledge based on the magic of numbers. Within these pages, every number of significance is listed together with its special qualities and associations. Along the way, there are many detours and diversions as well as detailed box-outs which help throw further light on every number that counts. This book is ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 2nd 2009 by Chartwell Books (first published 2007)
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Nov 08, 2015 Tweedledum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A fun , if at times mind boggling read. Who knew that 70 was a "weird number" for some reason I am still trying to fathom out? Or that a billion and it's successors relate to different quantities in Europe and the USA? And who on earth wants to join the "Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search" and why....? Then there's the whole barcode controversy.....

Right at the end of the book I come across a term I had long ago consigned to "useless information I once trotted out in exams..... " Avogadro's n
Dec 30, 2015 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Obviously this is as advertised: a book of trivia on the numbers 1-100 (and a few other numbers that the author deemed important). The weird part though was the strange fixation on 9/11, an odd penchant for just including song lyrics or titles that include numbers, and a somewhat callous description of tragedy in several places. Also, some of the numbers 1-100 literally only had one fact about them, while others had several pages. I feel like a bit more of an effort in curation could have happen ...more
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