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How many people do you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common? Why is 70 weird, and what can we do about it? How can 56 people eat 1 pizza? In 100 bite-size chapters of no more than three pages each, Adam Spencer gives each number, 1 to 100, its place in the limelight. For example, take 65. It's the constant of a 5 x 5 "magic square" -- a square that contains the numbers 1 to 25, where all the rows and columns and each diagonal add up to 65. Elizabeth Taylor had 65 costume changes in Cleopatra. And sharks can travel up to 65 kilometers per hour (about 40 mph). After reading Adam Spencer's Book of Numbers, readers will never look at numbers the same way again.
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Adam Spencer — who has a PhD in mathematics — is a stand-up comedian and DJ in Australia, from whence he declares he is on a mission to "take the 'numb' out of 'numbers.'"
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Book Description Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. Mild tanning to pages. Seller Inventory # 007428
Book Description Penguin, Australia, 2000. Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 226 indexed pages. Adam Spencer (math and music mega-brain) knows that numbers can rock and he proves it in this book. How many people do you need in a room before there'll be a birthday in common? bull; Why is 70 a 'weird' number? bull; How many episodes of South Park has Kenny survived? bull; What is the longest word in the English language (floccinaucinihilipilification, at 29 letters) and what the hell does it mean? Adam Spencer's national Australian breakfast radio show on JJJ is famous for mixing music, laughs and mathematical insights with the weather (if it's sunny and 32, that's 2 to the power of 5). In this, his wacky, zany Book of Numbers, Adam - who was a PhD mathematician before becoming a stand-up comedian and DJ - tells you everything you've ever wanted to know about the numbers 1 to 100, answering all the big questions. You don't need maths training, just a pen and paper, to understand everything in this funny, stimulating book. And hey, you'll even learn how to feed 56 people with 1 pizza. The author is an Australian radio presenter, comedian, and media personality. He is a patron of science-related events and programs, including the University of Sydney's Eureka Prize, a "lateral-thinking" science prize. There are small creases in the cover. Size: 16mo. Seller Inventory # 054424
Book Description Penguin, 2000. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Dispatched daily from the UK. Seller Inventory # mon0000270265