The Book of Numbers

The Book of Numbers

The Secret of Numbers and How They Changed the World

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Firefly Books Ltd

Unraveling the secrets of numbers, from the discovery of zero to infinity.

In clear language, The Book of Numbers cuts through the mystery and fear surrounding numbers to reveal their fascinating nature and roles in architecture, quantum mechanics, computer technology, biology, commerce, philosophy, art, music, religion and more. Indeed, numbers are part of every discipline in the sciences and the arts.

With 350 illustrations, including diagrams, photographs and computer imagery, the book chronicles the centuries-long search for the meaning of numbers by famous and lesser-known mathematicians, and explains the puzzling aspects of the mathematical world. Topics include:

  • The earliest ideas of numbers and counting
  • Patterns, logic, calculating
  • Natural, perfect, amicable and prime numbers
  • Numerology, the power of numbers, superstition
  • The computer, the Enigma Code
  • Infinity, the speed of light, relativity
  • Complex numbers
  • The Big Bang and Chaos theories
  • The Philosopher's Stone.

The Book of Numbers shows enthusiastically that numbers are neither boring nor dull but rather involve intriguing connections, rivalries, secret documents and even mysterious deaths.


Well illustrated with photos, diagrams and digital imagery, this is enthusiastic and intriguing chronicle searches for the meaning of numbers and explores puzzling aspects of the mathematical world, and the people who made it.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781554073610
1554073618
Characteristics: 272 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm

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Jul 30, 2016

Lots of interesting history, ideas, and information about numbers. Who knew they were so fascinating

stevebraun Oct 05, 2012

I quite liked this. I am a math enthusiast (meaning, I like math, but aren't a math genius). It was a great introduction to the different numbers, ideas, and constants in math. I think that it was well organized, and well written.

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