Numberpedia: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (and a Few Things You Didn't) about Numbers

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Mathematics - 510 pages
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What does the number 67 mean to you? Do you associate it with a year? After all, 1967 was the year The Beatles released both Sgt. Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour. It was also the year the first Super Bowl was held and in which Ernesto Che Guevara was executed. But maybe the year 1967 isn t the first thing that comes to your mind. Maybe when you think about the number 67, you think of the . . .
  • Age of George Washington at the time of his death, on December 14, 1799.
  • Atomic number of the chemical element holmium, symbol Ho.
  • Number of counties in each of the states of Alabama, Florida, and Pennsylvania.
  • Most doubles hit in a season in Major League Baseball history (Earl Webb, Boston Red Sox, 1931).
  • Number worn by partners Jane Fonda and Michael Sarrazin in the dance marathon scene in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don t They?
  • Estimate number of miles, in millions, from Venus to the sun
In Numberpedia, author Herb Reich examines all of the random, seemingly unrelated trivia related to numbers 1 to 100 in painstaking detail, revealing lore, myths, and every bizarre factoid you d ever want to know about those numbers except, of course, those concerning math."
 

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About the author (2011)

Herb Reich spent fifteen years as senior acquisition editor at JohnWiley & Sons. Before that, he administered the behavioral sciencepublishing program at Basic Books and served as editorial directorof the Macmillan Book Clubs. Along the way, he edited TheOdyssey Scientific Library and contributed to The Random HouseDictionary of the English Language and the Corsini Encyclopedia ofPsychology . The author of Don't You Believe It! and Numberpedia , he lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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