The Book of Numbers

“Numbers are everywhere, creating hidden patterns, forming unusual relationships, cropping in bizarre places and acting in weird ways,” writes Adam Spencer, author of the Book of Numbers: A Bizarre and Hilarious Journey From 1 to 100. Math geeks and trivia lovers will enjoy Spencer’s fascinating fact-filled journey through the numbers 1 to 100. Here are a few highlights:

Five: The Pentagon in Arlington Virginia has five sides, five levels, and contains 5 acres in the middle.

Seven: A heptad is a series of 7 things, like the 7 deadly sins, or the 7 colors of the rainbow.
Star Trek fans might know this bit of Vulcan trivia: Vulcans are sexually active just every 7 years. 
Seven is a popular word in movie titles: The Magnificent Seven, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Seven Samurai, Se7en, Seven

Sixteen: In his last tour, Elvis work a suit with a sundial with 16 points on the back. Elvis recorded his first record at Sun Studios. The record featured 16 tracks.

Thirty-Six: Adding up all the numbers between 1 and 36, all the numbers found on a roulette wheel, equals 666 — a number associated with the devil.
36 is a highly composite number, having 9 divisors — 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 36. No other number from 1-35 has that many divisors.

Read related post: Triskaidekaphobia

For further reading: Book of Numbers: A Bizarre and Hilarious Journey From 1 to 100 by Adam Spencer, MJF Books (2004)

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