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One to Nine: The Inner Life of Numbers Hardcover – 6 Sep 2007

3.1 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books; 1st edition (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904977758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904977759
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,539,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In his dazzling chapter about the number four, Hodges moves within a few pages from Strauss's last songs to to the sizes of notepaper (A4 and the rest) to Fermat's last theorem with such ease that we hardly notice. These and other anecdotes make this the ideal book for everyone interested in the only universal language, especially if their mathematical curiosity exceeds their skill. -- Seven Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, September 23, 2007

One to Nine - ostensibly a simple snapshot of the mathematical world - is a virtuoso stream of consciousness containing everything important there is to say about numbers in just over 300 pages. It contains multitudes. It is cogent, charming and deeply personal, all at once. -- The Daily Telegraph, September 22, 2007

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Have you ever thought about the uniqueness and simplicity of One, or what it means to be Two? Is Four really so square and why are there Seven days of the week, Seven deadly sins, indeed Seven wonders of the world? In "One to Nine", Andrew Hodges brings numbers to life. Inspired by millennia of human attempts to figure things out, this pithy, kaleidoscopic book takes a fresh, witty and hands-on approach to such various topics as musical harmony, the probabilities in poker, code breaking and the lottery. It probes the surprising symmetries of time, space, matter and forces. It even goes to the heart of what computers can do. Interweaving all these lies the inner life of the numbers, the patterns of primes and powers, which we try to grasp, and which have us in their grip. Accessible to anyone with a general curiosity and interest in puzzles, "One to Nine" might even have you completing your fiendish Sudoku in record time...

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