Author(s): Mukul Patel
Numbers and maths are all around us. They can explain where electricity comes from, why we look like our parents, why moons revolve around planets, and why it's so hard to win the lottery. We've Got Your Number investigates all aspects of mathematics and numbers and is arranged in a number of thematic chapters. Within each chapter is a series of self-contained spreads, each of which investigates all aspects of a specific subject, such as the different counting bases or the evolution of money. Each spread comprises concise and accessible running text with boxes, which belong to four main types: Good at Sums provides brief biographies of great mathematicians; Try This at Home is a series of entertaining number games and puzzles; What's Your Problem? presents real-life challenges such as calculating the size of the Earth and shows how maths has solved them; while What's In a Number? provides a fact-file 'biography' of iconic numbers, such as zero, 1, 3, 'unlucky' 13 and 1 million.
Mukul Patel worked for DK for some years, developing and editing science & technology titles. He developed the content, including animations in liaison with designers, for the Maths section of the DK Encyclopedia of Science II CD-ROM. He was the consultant/contributing editor on Scientific American's How Things Work Today (Marshall Edns) and has also written technology articles for NASDAQ magazine. Mukul has been passionate about maths since childhood and is currently doing an MSci in mathematics at Imperial College, London. He also keen on 'recreational' maths, and the intersection of mathematics and literature, particularly the work of the French group OuLiPo.