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How many positions are there in the Kamasutra?

That, and other intriguing facts about integers, can be found in Barnaby Rogerson's Book of Numbers

16 November 2013

9:00 AM

16 November 2013

9:00 AM

Rogerson’s Book of Numbers Barnaby Rogerson

Profile, pp.277, £9.99

Numbers, as every mathematician knows, do odd things. But they’re never odder than in the human context. Ever since we crept out of the swamps, we’ve been making numbers lucky, fearsome, ominous and even sacred. Across the cultures, we’re nuts about numbers, with little thought for logic.

Take 23, for example.

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