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GDP in Uganda (2015) (83.1 billion USD p/a) is 2.5 x GDP in Nicaragua (2015) (33.2 billion USD p/a)
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Is this a big number?
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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?”
Cosmic Eye: Powers of Ten
Gun Deaths In America
Numbers Astronomical and Beyond
Talking about Numbers
It’s All Gone Non-Linear
Numb about Numbers?
Wonderful tale by Ben Orlin “Math with Bad Drawings”, of a creature exploring the world of numbers, very much in the spirit of “Flatland”.
Let Gaia show you our galaxy
How long might you live?
Hans Rosling & Gapminder
A Trip to the Theatre
Beware Giant Ants! Or maybe not ...
Benford’s Brain-boggling Law
Logs: Level-Up your Number Sense
You Call That a Number?
Jules Verne sent Phileas Fogg around the world in 80 days, but how far is that anyway? How fast would he have had to travel? How long would it take today to go around the world?
How tall is tall?
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
How much do things weigh?
Stand on Zanzibar
The Power of a Thousand
Yes, there's now an engaging, informative book based on these numbers. Oxford University Press: July 2018.
Click here to learn more about it.
Click here for Podcast: Andrew Elliott interviewed for New Books Network.