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Numberland: The World in Numbers [Hardcover]

Mitchell Symons
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19 Sep 2013

The world is full of fascinating facts and statistics, but presented without context and in no particular order they can be overwhelming. Numberland: The World in Numbers interprets the world around us through numbers, breaking the most fascinating and revealing of facts down to their bare bones. For example, did you know that the average eyelash lasts five months? That 400 quarter-pound hamburgers can be made out of one cow? Or that the average human will grow 590 miles of hair in their lifetime?

Ordered in easily digestible sections such as 'Around the World', 'the USA', 'Money', 'Religion' and 'History', the book navigates an ordered path through a noisy world of information overload.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (19 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782430601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782430605
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mitchell Symons was born in 1957 in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. Currently he writes a weekly column for the Sunday Express.

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About the Author

Mitchell Symons was born in 1957 in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied Law. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. He wrote an award-winning weekly column for the Daily Express and currently writes a weekly column for the Sunday Express. He has written over sixty books - including fifteen for children with more in various stages of preparation.

He has won the Blue Peter Best Book With Facts Award for the past two years running.

In naming Mitchell as the friend he would phone (as a Phone-A-Friend) if he were appearing on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Chris Tarrant said: "Mitch knows more totally useless things about useless subjects than anybody on earth".


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5.0 out of 5 stars The World in Numbers 22 April 2014
By john
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This was the best book ever buy and i shall be tellingb my freinds all about the book and how good it is
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I got this book for Christmas, and have been flicking through it, reading a couple of pages at random at a go. According to the book:
There are four countries in Europe which only border one other country (Denmark, San Marino, Vatican city and Monaco) (which obviously leaves out the Republic of Ireland).
Snails are the only insects that can retract their antennae (they are molluscs, not insects).
On average Russians consume 90 bottles of vodka a year (it's high, but that is at least four times the real value).
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It 29 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've always been a fan of Mitchell Symons's books and so I eagerly anticipated this one. It didn't disappoint and now I am an expert on all things numerical!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but inaccurate 18 Nov 2013
By Storm
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a lovely looking book. A huge array of facts are provided. However they are not sourced in any way. Once I found that one was an inaccurate repetition of an urban myth I lost all faith in the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 16 Nov 2013
By Liz p
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Interesting if you like this sort of thing, some very unusual facts in here , nice as a stocking filler !
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