Number Freak

Number Freak


By (author) Derrick Niederman

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  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 194mm x 28mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 24 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0715640712
  • ISBN 13: 9780715640715
  • Sales rank: 710,561

Product description

Did you now that the Hundred Years War actually lasted 116 years? Do you know what decimoctoseptology is? Or what the numbers in a Fibonacci sequence are? Or how to calculate your Erdos-Bacon number? Number fanatic Derrick Niederman has a mission - to bring numbers to life. In Number Freak he explores the unique properties of the most fascinating numbers from 1 to 200, wherever they may crop up: from mathematics to sport, from history to the natural world, from language to pop culture. Packed with illustrations, amusing facts, puzzles, brainteasers and anecdotes, Number Freak is an enthralling and thought-provoking numerical voyage through the history of mathematics, investigating problems of logic, geometry and arithmetic along the way. Entertaining and accessible, it is a must for trivia addicts, maths-lovers and number-philes alike.

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Author information

Derrick Niederman is a mathematician turned investment writer. He is the author of several books on numbers and finance, including What the Numbers Say and The Inner Game of Investing. He has written a series of puzzle books and is regular contributor of crossword puzzles to the New York Times.

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'A great maths book for geeks and non-geeks alike' Johnny Ball 'This book is a complete joy. It made me smile. A lot.' Carol Vorderman 'Entertaining and engaging... once you start reading NUMBER FREAK it's just like the number system itself - impossible to stop' Ian Stewart 'A series of amazing facts and puzzles. This book could keep you entertained for hours. It is fun and challenging' Bookseller (Bookseller's Choice)