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

Numbers in the News

Notable numbers we have spotted recently

Is That a Big Number? (the book)

Is That a Big Number is now a book, published by Oxford University Press. (Google ISBN  0198821220 to find many online booksellers). Although there is serious purpose behind the book - to explore how we think about numbers and how we can understand big numbers - it’s written in a light and engaging style.

Entertaining, full of practical examples, and memorable concepts, Is That A Big Number? renews our relationship with numeracy. If numbers are the musical notes with which the symphony of the universe is written, and you’re struggling to hear the tune, then this is the book to get you humming again.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/That-Big-Number-Andrew-Elliott/dp/0198821220/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

For the Love of Numbers

Number-led writings for the truly geeky

How long might you live?

This graphic, from OurWorldInData.org (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.

https://ourworldindata.org/life-expectancy-how-is-it-calculated-and-how-should-it-be-interpreted/

Getting to Grips with Big

Stop worrying and learn to love big numbers

Numb about Numbers?

In 1982 Douglas Hofstadter wrote about Number Numbness. We’re still befuddled in the face of millions and billions, let alone trillions or even bigger numbers.

That’s the reason for IsThatABigNumber.com: to help anyone develop their number sense by putting big numbers in context and providing meaningful comparisons.

http://www.andrewcaelliott.com/explorations/2016/1/13/is-that-a-big-number

Landmark Numbers

Prominent and memorable numbers

How much do things weigh?

We like the attitude at cockeyed.com.

Take a bunch of everyday stuff (not just clothes) and weigh them. Why? Just to see how much they weigh! (and along the way maybe help internalise a sense of relative weights).

http://www.cockeyed.com/science/weight/weight_menu.html

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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?

One in a Thousand

Stand on Zanzibar

The Power of a Thousand

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