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

HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Meets in the Middle

2 June 2016 The world’s longest cross-sea bridge HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge was successfully linked up.

Starting from the Lantau Island in Hong Kong, the Y-shaped bridge has a total length of about 55 km, including a 6.7 km underwater tunnel and a 23-km bridge over the sea, making it the longest cross-sea bridge in the world.

The bridge will serve as an important channel linking Hong Kong, Macao, Zhuhai and the western part of the Pearl River Delta, one of the most economically-developed areas in the Chinese mainland.

The cost of the bridge was around 1.5bn USD.



For the Love of Numbers

Number-led writings for the truly geeky

Logs: Level-Up your Number Sense

This article about log scales and how to think about them (and how they naturally reflect how we think about big numbers) pretty much nails it, for me. Using log scales is an essential tool in your mental numeracy toolbox.

Thank you, Chalkface blog.

Thank you, too, Vi Hart for your passionate and engaging video on the topic.

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 to help anyone develop their number sense by putting big numbers in context and providing meaningful comparisons.

Landmark Numbers

Prominent and memorable numbers

Visualising 1 in a million

Cute video featuring nine ways to visualise 1 in a million. Interesting that five of the nine ways involve the use of an intermediate grouping. For example, 100 people have an average of 100,000 hairs on their heads. 10 hairs represents 1 in a million. 4 of the comparisons are direct, eg 1 word in all of the text of the Harry Potter novels.

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