Adam Spencers Book Of Numbers by Adam SpencerHow many people do you need in a room before therell be a birthday in common? Why is 70 weird, and what can we do about it? How can 56 people eat 1 pizza? In 100 bite-size chapters of no more than three pages each, Adam Spencer gives each number, 1 to 100, its place in the limelight. For example, take 65. Its the constant of a 5 x 5 magic square -- a square that contains the numbers 1 to 25, where all the rows and columns and each diagonal add up to 65. Elizabeth Taylor had 65 costume changes in Cleopatra. And sharks can travel up to 65 kilometers per hour (about 40 mph). After reading Adam Spencers Book of Numbers, readers will never look at numbers the same way again.
From one to a billion: 10 awesome but totally random facts about numbers
The amount in your bank account. The page count of a book. That rapidly approaching deadline. Times, dates, phone numbers, street addresses—the whole world is numbers. As it turns out, numbers are a million times more fascinating than the most complex equation Pythagorus could think of. The number 2 is also the smallest and first prime number since every other even number is divisible by two.
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Numbers begins at Mount Sinai , where the Israelites have received their laws and covenant from God and God has taken up residence among them in the sanctuary. The people are counted and preparations are made for resuming their march. The Israelites begin the journey, but they "murmur" at the hardships along the way, and about the authority of Moses and Aaron. For these acts, God destroys approximately 15, of them through various means. They arrive at the borders of Canaan and send spies into the land. Upon hearing the spies' fearful report concerning the conditions in Canaan, the Israelites refuse to take possession of it.
Apparently the Greeks and the Romans never used zero. How is this possible? Invented by the ancient Babylonians, it is without question the greatest number in the world. Also when he became King of France he was eleven months old. Three is seen as a creepy number in some cultures. Oh well — I like it.