Thirteen : The World's Most Popular Superstition
13 is part detective story, part cultural history - the first to separate truth from myth surrounding the world's most universal superstition. Why is 13 an unlucky number? Why, where and how did the superstition begin? Why do we have an obsession with the number 13 and how does this affect our daily lives? Is there a place for superstition in modern culture? In 13, a book of 13 chapters of 13 pages, Nathan Lachenmeyer reveals the extraordinary history of one of the most prevalent and enduring superstitions in the Western world - the belief that 13 is an unlucky number. It is also a book about superstition in general - why do people believe in a superstition, knowing that belief to be irrational? How and why do superstitions die out? What was the original name for the movie Friday the 13th? (It had nothing to do with 13.) Which is the only New York hotel to have a 13th Floor? Who, out of Edgar Allen Poe, Woodrow Wilson, Oscar Wilde, Victor Hugo and Adolf Hitler had a deep-rooted phobia of 13, and who was particularly fond of the number? History, mythology, mathematics, psychology and trivia all play their part in this intriguing book about the world's unluckiest number.
- Hardback | 230 pages
- 138 x 222 x 24mm | 399.16g
- 14 Oct 2004
- Profile Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Nathaniel Lachanmeyer
Nathaniel Lachenmeyer is a lecturer who lives outside New York. He is the author of Outsider: A Journey into My Father's Struggle with Madness, which is required reading for psychology students.