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Is That a Big Number? Hardcover – 12 Jul 2018

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (12 July 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198821220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198821229
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.8 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is crammed with engaging facts and figures ... The 'number' geek will gobble this book up, and many teachers will find it helpful to have a couple of copies casually to hand for students who need something extra to get their teeth into ... this is not only an informative and engaging book, it is a campaigning one as well. (Colin Johnson, School Science Review)

The writing is accessible, thoughtful and, on an interesting note, very, very positive about the role of numbers to help make informed decisions in all areas of daily life. (Alan Edmiston, Equals)

Is That a Big Number is an easy but excellent read for the person who wants to understand large numbers in context of everyday life ... A key tenet of this book is the idea of comparison: every example is stacked against a well-known fact. Every chapter ends with a list of (approximate) relations to help the reader grasp magnitudes of heights, distances, weights, and riches. (Megan Sawyer, Mathematical Association of America)

The book illustrates well that knowledge (being numerate) is power. (Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathematical Society)

Wide-ranging and highly accessible, this book is chock-full of fascinating nuggets, providing a rich source of colourful examples of numbers and how they are used. It shows how numeracy and literacy are two sides of the same coin. (David J. Hand, Senior Research Investigator and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London)

About the Author

Andrew Elliott grew up in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, and studied statistics and actuarial science at the University of Cape Town. He emigrated to the United Kingdom in the late 1980s to use his actuarial skills in the world of financial systems. After a spell as a management consultant, Andrew launched a series of start-up companies in financial technology, and he continues to work in this field. Frustrated by how quantitative information is presented in the media and public discussion, in 2016 Andrew started "Is That A Big Number?, a project to promote numeracy and the development of intuitive number sense.

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