Free-form entry eg: '125000km', '1.5 million inches', '$67bn', '45000000 AUD', 100years', '123456789', '1 trillion', '1.5e6', '25 million kg'

For the Love of Numbers

Number-led writings for the truly geeky

How long might you live?

This graphic, from (always highly recommended) shows, for a series of census years from 1851 to (projected) 2031, how many people would survive to each age in England and Wales. Things to note: the terrible effect of child mortality until 1961, and the fact that if you survived childhood, you had a significant chance of living to 60, 70, 80, even in the 19th century.

Getting to Grips with Big

Stop worrying and learn to love big numbers

Cosmic Eye: Powers of Ten

This video recreates the classic “Powers of Ten” film, zooming out to larger and larger scales to the limits of our understanding of the universe, and then zooming in again, down to the smallest things we know about.

It’s an excellent way of illustrating relative magnitudes of distance. One gripe: it all happens a bit too quickly: try watching it at half speed.

Landmark Numbers

Prominent and memorable numbers

One in a Thousand

This is what 1 in a thousand looks like in Lego terms… Is “a thousand” a big number?

We say yes: and more than that, we reckon that “in the region of a thousand” is more or less where the big numbers start, that is, numbers that we have trouble visualising. Somewhere around 1000, we need to shift gears mentally and use new strategies for these bigger numbers.

Interestingly, there is linguistic and cultural support for this idea, too.

Blog article coming soon

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How tall is tall?

Around the world in how long?

Early Infographics

How many tennis balls does it take to fill St Paul’s?

How Heavy was King Kong?

Visualising 1 in a million

Scienceogram: UK Science Spending in Context

How Crowded is the World?

How much do things weigh?

Stand on Zanzibar

The Power of a Thousand

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