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