Author(s): Andrew Day
A journey into the world of numbers, which are over our heads, under our feet, and all around us. The Numberverse is especially for people who don't like maths. If you're one of those people who find maths boring, hard, annoying or pointless then The Numberverse is for you to enjoy. First we'll look at stuff you find all around you. You'll learn how a barcode is read by the thing that goes 'beep' in a supermarket. You'll then see what a barcode has in common with morse code, a brick wall, and pretty much every word in Italian. Carry on like this and numbers will start jumping out, patterns will appear before your eyes, and everywhere you look the secrets of The Numberverse will open up to you. Would you like to know the history of zero? And what did people do before zero was invented? And how did people get along without fractions and percentages before they were invented? Do we even need them, anyway? It's all in The Numberverse. And you will understand every word of it if you can understand what you are reading now. It's true: if you can count, and you are curious - well, then you have all the knowledge you need for the journey. If maths has always been a closed book to you, now is the time to turn the first page. PLEASE NOTE: There is no test ANYWHERE in this book.
Andrew Day has written plays, scripts (for Channel 4 & Working Title), and poems as well as running philosophy sessions in primary schools. He teaches presentation and writing to bankers and lawyers, and through his work with several social enterprises, has worked with a wide variety of people: ex-prisoners, deprived primary schoolchildren, gifted children (sometimes the deprived ones), teenagers excluded from school, foreign students, and people who fit into no category at all.