Numericon: The Hidden Lives of Numbers

Marianne Freiberger

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Synopsis: Packed with quirky, informative facts and bound in a beautiful foil-blocked cover, this book will do for math what The Etymologicon did for the English language.
 
Numericon is a tour through the world of mathematics via the familiar stepping-stones of numbers.  A treasure-trove of fascinating details, Numericon tells the stories of the numbers, mathematical discoveries, oddities and personalities that have shaped the way we understand the world around us. The multiple meanings of numbers and their often-mathematical significance are uncovered in this concise and captivating volume.
 
Each chapter is an intriguing story about a number—including why 12 is a sublime number, why 13 is unlucky and 7 lucky, and how imaginary numbers hold up buildings.
 
Each chapter starts with a number that points the reader toward fascinating features in the mathematical landscape—including why 12 is a sublime number, why 13 is unlucky and 7 lucky, and how imaginary numbers hold up buildings. Each chapter includes stories of ancient mathematicians and recent ground-breaking results, applications that affect all our lives and most importantly, the beauty and power of mathematics.

About the Author: Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger are the editors of Plus magazine, which publishes articles from the world’s top mathematicians and science writers on topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport.
 
Before joining Plus in 2001, Rachel was a math consultant in Australia working for government and industry. She recently edited the Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society and has developed and taught science writing workshops for graduate students. She also created mathematical walking tours of London and Oxford and a virtual mathematical tour guide of the world for Maths in the City. Rachel obtained her MSc in Semigroup Theory in 1998 from the University of Western Australia.
 
Marianne joined Plus in 2005 after doing a PhD and then a three year postdoc at Queen Mary, University of London. As a researcher she worked in complex dynamics and held various teaching engagements. In the world of math communication she has been Editor-in-Chief of the Mathscareers website and sometimes gives presentations to mathematicians about how to communicate their work to a wider audience, and to journalists about how to deal with math in the media.

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