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Rogerson's Book of Numbers: The culture of numbers from 1001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World by [Rogerson, Barnaby]
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Rogerson's Book of Numbers: The culture of numbers from 1001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World Kindle Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Ill-killed

Ill-quartered

Ill-cooked

Ill-seasoned

Ill-served

(Samuel Johnson's five-fold malediction of a dissappointing plate of mutton)

Detailed and wide-reaching ... this is a lot more than trivia ... an enjoyable, cultural and cultured tome (John Lloyd The Bookbag 2013-10-30)

Eclectic ... He brings abstraction to vibrant life. Full of interest and learning lightly worn, this is an admirable and entertaining book. (Ross Leckie Country Life 2013-12-04)

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A miscellany of sacred, mysterious, spiritual and profane numbers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8043 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2H74SQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #330,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A fascinating and unusual dip into what the numerals we take for granted actually mean. There are lots of stories connected to each one. A great little book to give as a present, but I might buy another and keep this one for myself!
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What a fascinating review of Humankind's fascination with numbers over millennia. Given its structure it makes great bedside or loo reading.
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I recommend this as a good coffee-table or bathroom book; interesting to dip into, but not particularly entertaining for a longer period of time. I have a 45-minute commute, and ended up getting a little bit bored after 15 minutes! It's full of interesting facts, but is very superficial; i felt like the author could have gone into a little more detail on some of the stories and facts - just as i was beginning to think "oh that's interesting!" the author moved onto the next section.

That said, it really is quite interesting, and the author has clearly researched and found some interesting gobbets of information to share. Whilst the detail was a little lacking for me, it appears to be designed to inspire rather than educate - and in that, it achieves 5/5. For me, i wanted to know more. It wasn't enough to leave an impression on me. It is worth a look-see though, and this may sound like a criticism (but it very honestly isn't!!) this would be the PERFECT toilet reading!
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This is a really poor (in many ways) publication. A few facts are interesting, the rest are, at best trivial, at worst just plain nonsense.
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I ordered this book after I heard the author talking about it on the radio. It lived up to all my expectations - interesting, surprising and impossible to put down. Love it!
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Bought on a whim, read in an evening, very little to engage if you are already a fan of numbers and number facts. Some maths and lots of folklore and myth.
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A truly wonderful, enchanting, stimulating read. Captivating and educating for both adults and children, it takes you on a journey through history, religions, psychology, philosophy, literature - and places that lie between. A treasure.
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Intrigues by the title, I purchased this but felt a little lost reading though, I tink a brief dive in is called for.
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