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

Malaria Control in Africa

The Malaria Altas Project has been putting numbers to the results of efforts to bring malaria under control in Africa. They write “We found that

Plasmodium falciparum

infection prevalence in endemic Africa halved and the incidence of clinical disease fell by 40% between 2000 and 2015. We estimate that interventions have averted 663 million clinical cases since 2000.”

Read more, and have a play with their interactive maps.

http://www.map.ox.ac.uk

For the Love of Numbers

Number-led writings for the truly geeky

Beware Giant Ants! Or maybe not ...

The 1954 horror/science fiction film

Them!

featured terrifying giant ants. Could such creatures really exist? Of would the square-cube law defeat them? Read on …

http://www.andrewcaelliott.com/explorations/2016/11/13/beware-the-giant-ants-or-not-

Getting to Grips with Big

Stop worrying and learn to love big numbers

Numbers Astronomical and Beyond

IsThatABigNumber.com is about extending our number sense. We make comparisons that are (mostly) down-to-earth: populations of people and animals, national budgets, river lengths and so on.

But when we leave behind everyday experience and look at the kind of numbers you find in astronomy and in combinatorics, we come across vastly bigger numbers.

One strategy to grasp these numbers is to break them down into a series of levels, to see them as stupidly big aggregations of things that are themselves stupidly big aggregations of …  Here are some good clips illustrating this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgNDao7m41M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T69cguFzZ_w

Landmark Numbers

Prominent and memorable numbers

How Heavy was King Kong?

The Empire State Building brings to mind that iconic image of King Kong atop the skyscraper, swatting away biplanes as he clutches Fay Wray in his massive hand. But how massive? How big would the 1933 movie version of Kong have been, and how much would he have weighed … ?

http://www.andrewcaelliott.com/explorations/2016/10/27/how-much-did-king-kong-weigh

More ...

Early Infographics

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

Visualising 1 in a million

Scienceogram: UK Science Spending in Context

How Crowded is the World?

One in a Thousand

How much do things weigh?

Stand on Zanzibar

The Power of a Thousand

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