Numericon: A Journey Through the Hidden Lives of Numbers
Numericon tells the stories of the numbers, mathematical discoveries, oddities and personalities that have shaped the way we understand the world around us. Funny, bizarre, tragic and dramatic, these stories reveal the power, passion and beauty of mathematics. Each chapter is an intriguing story about a number, including why 3 is strong, e is natural and Graham's number is too big to write. Packed with quirky, informative facts and bound in a beautiful foil-blocked cover, this book will do for maths what The Etymologicon did for the English language.
Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas are the Editors of Plus Magazine (plus.maths.org), a free online magazine opening a door to the world of maths for the general public. Before joining Plus in 2005, Marianne did a PhD in pure mathematics, followed by three years as a postdoc at Queen Mary, University of London. She has also been Editor-in-Chief of the mathscareers website. Rachel worked as a maths consultant for business, government and industry, after completing her Masters in pure mathematics at the University of Western Australia. She has edited the Gazette of the Australian Maths Society and designed mathematical walking tours with Marcus du Sautoy for Maths in the City. Rachel and Marianne were also editors of the popular maths book 50: Visions of Mathematics (OUP, 2014).