Numbers in Our Lives Part One & Two, First Edition

30 May 2018

The book defies the notion that something cannot be all things to all people. It is a book for the whole family.  It is supplementary reading for adolescent children at school.  For mom and dad it might be a checklist – widening horizons on subjects like numbers in cities, in nature, in business and the economies of countries. For grandma and granddad numbers relating to the human body may be helpful as well as the numbers on investments.  How do hedge funds work?

Part One brushes up on basics – simple arithmetic, prime numbers, percentages,  scientific measurements, the metric system. There are other measurements associated with science, force, pressure, work, energy, speed, acceleration, etc.  The author makes it fun and stimulates some curiosity about numbers.

The chapter on education is interesting, apart from quoting Prof. Jonathan Jansen lavishly and presenting up to date numbers on matric passes etc, the author describes Howard Gardener’s  eight multiple Intelligences . It is inspiring to know that if one is not so good at the IQ test of solving mind puzzles and  mental arithmetic. Then there are other god given options.

The author says this about the eight intelligences. “They are all qualities we all possess in varying degrees, such intelligences cannot be static, all improve with learning, attitude, focus, hard work and experience. All need nurturing”.

Part two is more comprehensive, cities, communication,  democracy, business and the economy. Including a  chapter on the Numbers in power, transport and travel,  the author says, “this brought out the boy in me”. The lateen sail was one of the great inventions of all time, it allowed sailing vessels to move forwards into head on winds. Then steam engines, James Watt’s  modification that allowed his steam engine to be credited with the beginning of  the industrial revolution.

In communication the invention of the telegraph sent electromagnetic signals through copper wires, Morse code became the international code. This started in 1844, for 30 years this was the major method of communicating around the world. This included the laying of under ocean cables. Later this infrastructure of wires was used for voice, sound communication, even pictures and then the internet. The author tells this all with numbers.

This is a first edition, some numbers may have escaped the author; he would welcome contact via the Wright Publishing Website. He hopes the website will have active participation as more, and up to date numbers become available for future editions  This book should help spread the gospel of Numeracy and stimulate a thirst for knowledge.

Interest  in anything  is probably the strongest key in unlocking participation. This is true of personal relationships as it is for productive work using any of the subjects in this book.  This book has value.

The hardcopy including VAT is R325.00 per book; the electronic version is R85.00 per copy.  For books purchased online there will be a packaging and delivery charge within South Africa of R35.00.

Neil Wright