One to Nine: The Inner Life of Numbers

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Doubleday Canada, Jun 3, 2008 - Counting - 336 pages
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Have you ever thought about the uniqueness and simplicity of One, or what it means to be Two? Is Four really so square and why are there Seven days of the week, Seven deadly sins, or even Seven wonders of the world? InOne to Nine, Andrew Hodges brings numbers to life. Inspired by the popularity of Sudoku – and millennia of human attempts to figure things out – this pithy, kaleidoscopic book takes a fresh, witty and hands-on approach to such various topics as musical harmony, code breaking, and probabilities in poker and lotteries. It probes the surprising symmetries of time, space, matter, and forces. It even goes to the heart of what computers can do.

Andrew Hodges weaves together the inner life of numbers – the patterns of primes and powers that we try to grasp, and that have us in their grip. Accessible to anyone with a general curiosity and interest in puzzles,One to Ninemight even have you completing a fiendish Sudoku in record time.

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ONE TO NINE: The Inner Life of Numbers

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A mother lode of lore and learning about the digits.Hodges (Mathematics/Oxford Univ.; Alan Turing: The Enigma, 1983) has much to say about logic, computers, binary (and other base) notational systems ... Read full review

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User Review  - aliay - LibraryThing

Call it dorky airplane reading-- I haven't got past the first chapter, but so far it jumps from topic to topic, from idea to idea. It's just having fun. While it might not be superbly rigorous or ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Andrew Hodges is the author ofAlan Turing: The Enigma, the story of the British computer pioneer and codebreaker. He is active in research into fundamental physics and is a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford University.

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