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

Rogerson, Barnaby.

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Why is the number thirteen so unlucky in the West? And why is fourteen the number to avoid in China? From the number of the beast (666) to the seven deadly sins there is a dazzling amount of information for those intrigued by the many roles numbers play in folklore, popular culture, the arts, and religion and belief systems around the world.

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THE STORIES BEHIND OUR ICONIC NUMBERS Rogerson's Book of Numbers 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; from the twelve signs of the zodiac to the four suits of a deck of cards. Along the way, author Barnaby Rogerson will show you 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 whereas fourteen is the number to avoid in China.

Book Details

Author Rogerson, Barnaby.
Format HC
Publisher Picador USA
Imprint Picador USA
Illustrations black & white illustrations
Publish Date 28/10/2014
Catalogue Aug18
Catalogue book number 215