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

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

Scienceogram: UK Science Spending in Context

Thanks to Andrew Steele (@statto on Twitter) for this website, which puts into context how much (little!) the UK spends on science each year.  Take a look for yourself and ask “are these big numbers?”

£10.4 bn per annum: Is That A Big Number?


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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

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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