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The Secret Lives of Numbers : The Curious Truth Behind Everyday Digits

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This is a book for the observant and the curious. A book for people who take in their surroundings and wonder at the smallest detail: why? Above all, it's a book about numbers - those that surround us every day, and the intriguing stories behind them. From the 7-day week to 24-carat gold, Chanel No. 5 to five-star luxury, The Secret Lives of Numbers figures out the mysterious background to the numbers we encounter on a daily basis. Revealing the facts behind those figures, author Michael Millar outlines where to spot each digit, what it means and how it came to be in meticulously researched and entertaining entries, creating an absorbing and intelligent book that's perfect for any numbers fan. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3... Entries include: sports shirt numbers, firearms calibres, TV ratings, football rankings, poker scores, suncream factors, A4 paper, and more.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 22mm | 240g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075354086X
  • 9780753540862
  • 433,977

About Michael Millar

Award-winning financial journalist Michael Millar has 10 years of media experience under his belt, working for the UK's biggest broadcasters and media outlets in places ranging from the City to French vineyards and army bases in Iraq. An experienced presenter, he has produced and reported on some of the BBC's most high-profile programmes, including Radio 4's Today and PM programmes, across FiveLive, and for both the BBC News Channel and BBC World. He is also widely published in the print media, including the Financial Times, the Independent and The Spectator.show more

Back cover copy

YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED Look around you and numbers are everywhere. On your daily newspaper, your pint glass, your TV screen, your football team. They code the car you drive, your mobile phone, the very food you eat. Have you ever wondered what those numbers mean? Where they come from? Who determines what they are? In The Secret Lives of Numbers, their mysterious stories are exposed. At long last, their numberâs upâ¦show more

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This is a book for the observant and the curious. A book for people who take in their surroundings and wonder at the smallest detail: why? Above all, itâs a book about numbers â those that surround us every day, and the intriguing stories behind them. From A4 paper to 24-carat gold, Chanel No. 5 to 5-star luxury, 10 Downing Street to the ubiquitous price tag £9.99, The Secret Lives of Numbers reveals the curious background to the numbers we encounter on a daily basis. Have you ever thought about international dialling codes â how come the USA got pole position 00 1 but the UK only lowly 44? Why do we have a 7-day week, when the Soviets once had a 5-day week, and the French originally had a 10-day week? Why do we avoid unlucky 13 â and how can it be lucky for some? Exposing the facts behind the figures, this entertaining book has it all figured out.show more

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