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Rogerson's Book of Numbers: The Culture of Numbers—From 1,001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World

Barnaby Rogerson
Item #: D70060
Format: No Jacket
Pages/Publication Date: 278 / 2013
Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 9781250058836
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Commerce and science aside, numbers have always been fascinating and essential to civilizations and societies all over the world; indeed some of our most profound symbols and expressions are numerical ones. This delightful miscellany from author and publisher Barnaby Rogerson explores the significances behind everything from the number of the Beast (666) to the seven deadly sins, from the 12 signs of the zodiac to the four suits of a deck of cards. Find out why Genghis Khan built a city of 108 towers, how Dante forged his Divine Comedy on the number 11, and why 13 is so unlucky in the West whereas 14 is the number to avoid in China.

"Thanks to Rogerson's Book of Numbers, we have a delicious collection of the world's holiest, most significant, and wackiest integers.... This little volume is a tightly packed hamper of intellectual treats."—Spectator (London)


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