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

#### 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&amp;qid=&amp;sr=

# For the Love of Numbers

#### A Trip to the Theatre

The Greek Theatre in the Sicilian town of Taormina could, so they say, accommodate 5000 theatre-goers. Could this be true? Let’s do some rough and ready calculations …

http://www.andrewcaelliott.com/explorations/2016/11/13/a-trip-to-the-theatre

# Getting to Grips with Big

#### Habits of Highly Mathematical People

This thought-provoking blog post accurately describes one of the most important reasons for mathematical (and other) education: for the habits of thought and not always only for the content.

Numeracy, and a numerate approach to understanding the world, becomes a habit also. Keep asking: “is that a big number?”

https://medium.com/@jeremyjkun/habits-of-highly-mathematical-people-b719df12d15e#.njlr8pyp5

# Landmark 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 ...

How tall is tall?

Around the world in how long?

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

### Is That A Big Number? - The Book

Yes, there's now a book based on these numbers. Oxford University Press: July 2018.