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How can a prime number be ‘sexy’ and ‘safe’ at the same time? Why shouldn’t Aussie cricketers be scared of the number 87? And how many bacteria live in your pants …
All the answers and more are in Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers. This is a book for readers of all ages who love numbers, who want to love numbers, or who just love to laugh and learn about the wonderful world we live in.
For 15 years Adam Spencer has been entertaining us. On triple j and ABC radio and television, he’s established himself as Australia’s funniest and most famous mathematician. And now, by popular demand, we have his Big Book of Numbers, a fascinating journey from 1 to 100.
Praise for Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers
‘If you find this book boring, you should be in a clinic.’ John Cleese
‘Funny yet with hidden depths, like its author. A brilliant introduction to the world of numbers.’ Brian Cox
‘Even the page numbers will start to look fascinating once you’ve read this book!’ Amanda Keller
‘This book will bring out the inner geek in anyone who knows how to count to 100.’ Brian Schmidt, Winner, 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
‘Funny, informative and, even better for dummies like me, all the answers are in the back.’ Wil Anderson
‘Excellent. Can’t wait to geek-out my dinner party guests with my new maths facts!’ Maryanne Demasi, Catalyst, ABC Television
‘Every bright young mind in Australia should read Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers – and we oldies would benefit, too.’ Peter FitzSimons
‘Adam Spencer’s love of numbers is legendary – it leaps off the page and will have readers spellbound all the way from 1 to 100.’ John Watkins
‘Adam Spencer’s TED talk at Longbeach California has had over a million views and is the stuff of legend. This book shows why. One of the great maths communicators.’ Janne Ryan
‘Numbers are fascinating and you don’t have to like maths to be spellbound by them. Adam Spencer knows numbers and has invested them with love.’ Rodney Cavalier
‘Adam Spencer engages children with the history, the mystery and the wizardry of mathematics. Any child of any age reading this book will have their interest in numbers multiplied and mathematics will have their undivided attention.’ Eve Field, Principal, Kurri Kurri Public School
‘This delightful, tantalising and timely book … gives you both the fun and surprise as well as the real stuff on how to use maths as the basis of everything.’ Robyn Williams