Rogerson's Book of Numbers (Ebook)

The culture of numbers from 1001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World

Barnaby Rogerson

A miscellany of sacred, mysterious, spiritual and profane numbers. The ideal stocking-filler - now available in paperback.

Rogerson's Book of Numbers tells the stories behind our iconic numbers. It is based on a numerical array of virtues, spiritual attributes, gods, devils, sacred cities, powers, calendars, heroes, saints, icons and cultural symbols. It provides a dazzling mass of information for those intrigued by the many roles numbers play in folklore and popular culture, in music and poetry, and in the many religions, cultures and belief systems of our world.

The stories unfold from millions to zero: from the number of the beast (666) to the seven deadly sins, the twelve signs of the zodiac to the four suits of a pack of cards. Along the way you will discover why Genghis Khan built a city of 108 towers, how Dante forged his Divine Comedy on the number eleven, and why thirteen is so unlucky in the west while fourteen is the number to avoid in China.

Now available as a paperback, this is your pocket-book guide to the numerical mysteries of the universe.

Publication date: 07/11/2013

£5.99

ISBN: 9781847659835

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B00G2H74SQ

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference, Science & Mathematics

Rogerson's Book of Numbers (Paperback)

The culture of numbers from 1001 Nights to the Seven Wonders of the World

Barnaby Rogerson

A miscellany of sacred, mysterious, spiritual and profane numbers. The ideal stocking-filler - now available in paperback.

Rogerson's Book of Numbers tells the stories behind our iconic numbers. It is based on a numerical array of virtues, spiritual attributes, gods, devils, sacred cities, powers, calendars, heroes, saints, icons and cultural symbols. It provides a dazzling mass of information for those intrigued by the many roles numbers play in folklore and popular culture, in music and poetry, and in the many religions, cultures and belief systems of our world.

The stories unfold from millions to zero: from the number of the beast (666) to the seven deadly sins, the twelve signs of the zodiac to the four suits of a pack of cards. Along the way you will discover why Genghis Khan built a city of 108 towers, how Dante forged his Divine Comedy on the number eleven, and why thirteen is so unlucky in the west while fourteen is the number to avoid in China.

Now available as a paperback, this is your pocket-book guide to the numerical mysteries of the universe.

Publication date: 06/11/2014

£8.99

ISBN: 9781781252680

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Humour & Gift, Reference, Science & Mathematics

Reviews for Rogerson's Book of Numbers

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Ill-killed
Ill-quartered
Ill-cooked
Ill-seasoned
Ill-served

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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

'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

Barnaby Rogerson

Barnaby Rogerson

Barnaby Rogerson is an author, publisher and journalist. Together with his partner Rose Baring, he runs Eland Publishing, which specializes in keeping the classics of travel literature in print. He has also written dozens of travel articles, book reviews and historical essays on various North African and Islamic themes, for Vanity Fair, Cornucopia, Conde Nast Traveller, Geographical, Traveller, Guardian, Independent,Telegraph, House & Garden, Harpers & Queen and the TLS.