The Secret Lives of Numbers




    Popular science

    The Secret Lives of Numbers

    The Curious Truth Behind Everyday Digits

    Michael Millar

    Virgin 2012

    Hardback 192pp

    9780753540862   Product Code: 22832

    Why do weeks have seven days? How are football shirt numbers assigned? Which culture considers 13 to be lucky? What would you dial to call the Ghostbusters? And why do pint glasses bear the numbers 562 and 2043? Numbers shape our lives every day, but we are often unaware of the intriguing stories behind their use. In this unconventional history book, Millar follows 45 threads in search of the curious origins of our most ubiquitous numbers.

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