One to Nine

One to Nine : The Inner Life of Numbers

By (author) Dr Andrew Hodges

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Have you ever thought about the uniqueness and simplicity of One, or what it means to be Two? Is Four really so square and why are there Seven days of the week, Seven deadly sins, or even Seven wonders of the world? InOne to Nine, Andrew Hodges brings numbers to life. Inspired by the popularity of Sudoku – and millennia of human attempts to figure things out – this pithy, kaleidoscopic book takes a fresh, witty and hands-on approach to such various topics as musical harmony, code breaking, and probabilities in poker and lotteries. It probes the surprising symmetries of time, space, matter, and forces. It even goes to the heart of what computers can do. Andrew Hodges weaves together the inner life of numbers – the patterns of primes and powers that we try to grasp, and that have us in their grip. Accessible to anyone with a general curiosity and interest in puzzles,One to Nine might even have you completing a fiendish Sudoku in record time.

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • 12 May 2009
  • ANCHOR CANADA
  • English
  • 0385665776
  • 9780385665773

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Andrew Hodges is the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma, the story of the British computer pioneer and codebreaker. He is active in research into fundamental physics and is a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford University. From the Hardcover edition.

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"A virtuoso stream of consciousness containing everything important there is to say about numbers. . . . Cogent, charming and deeply personal. . . . One to Nine makes the unfathomable enticing and gives the reader tremendous motivation to explore further." —Daily Telegraph (UK) "Hodges is. . .very good at pulling numerical rabbits out of everyday hats. . . .You can skip through the facts like a tourist, marvelling at the sights thrust in your path and still feeling impressed by the principles that underpin them, even when the technical detail eludes you." —Daily Mail (UK) "The ideal book for everyone interested in the only universal language, especially if their mathematical curiosity exceeds their skill." —Sunday Telegraph (UK) "One to Nine ranges widely through literature, music, philosophy, politics, and whatever else occurs to its author, in a charmingly scholarly and entertaining way. A joyous read." —Times (UK) From the Hardcover edition.

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