One to Nine

The Inner Life of Numbers

by Andrew Hodges

  • Published: 01 Aug 2008
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-906021-26-9
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What does A4 paper have in common with Mozart’s Requiem? Why does three have a dark side? Was zero discovered or invented?

With searching questions such as these, Andrew Hodges takes apart the numbers 1 to 9 and gathers up the pieces, exploring on the way such various topics as musical harmony, the chemistry of sunflowers and the logic of the game Paper, Scissors, Stone.

In One to Nine, Hodges unveils a universal language which has its roots in antiquity and yet enables us to connect with the far reaches of the universe. Whether it is explaining how subatomic particles behave or challenging you to the ultimate sudoku puzzle, this is a book which succeeds in making the unfathomable enticing.

“In his dazzling chapter about the number four, Hodges moves within a few pages from Strauss’s last songs to to the sizes of notepaper (A4 and the rest) to Fermat’s last theorem with such ease that we hardly notice. These and other anecdotes make this the ideal book for everyone interested in the only universal language, especially if their mathematical curiosity exceeds their skill.” – Seven Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph

“One to Nine – ostensibly a simple snapshot of the mathematical world – is a virtuoso stream of consciousness containing everything important there is to say about numbers in just over 300 pages. It contains multitudes. It is cogent, charming and deeply personal, all at once.” – The Daily Telegraph

“Hodges is very good at pulling numerical rabbits out of everyday hats… You can skip through the facts like a tourist, marvelling at the sights thrust in your path and still feeling impressed by the principles that underpin them, even when the technical detail eludes you.” – Daily Mail

About Andrew Hodges

Andrew Hodges is best known as the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma, described by the New Yorker as 'one of the finest scientific biographies ever written'. He is also active in research into fundamental physics and a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford University.'