Odd Words, Even Numbers

Ian Paterson


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Edition 1, Paperback , 260 pages
ISBN (10): 1854188879; (13): 9781854188878
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Odd Words, Even Numbers refers to the fact that standards of numeracy at all levels appear to be in decline. It proposes that by treating numeracy as a vital aspect of literacy we might be able to arrest this fall in standards. The main purpose is to stimulate and entertain readers of all ages which the author attempts to achieve by showing how we use the English language to describe a selection of mathematical concepts; by explaining many mathematical games and diversions; and by including a large number of word puzzles and mathematical puzzles each of which demonstrates the close interrelationship between words and numbers.

This book is also designed to appeal to those who might deny having any interest or expertise in handling or playing with numbers. Indeed, the book requires little mathematical ability of its readers to enable them to derive fun and enjoyment from its pages particularly if their interest is more inclined towards words and language.

A consistent theme of the book is that in order to be able to communicate effectively – whether in words or numbers – we must learn to communicate clearly and without ambiguity.




1 That’s Odd! 
2 Numbers, Numerals, Integers, Digits, Figures, Units and And 
3 Series and Sequences 
4 Spelling Numbers 
5 Silent Letters, Silent Numbers 
6 Number Into Word and Word Into Number 
7 Indivisibility and Divisibility 
8 Matrices 
9 Time and Number Nine 
10 Number Confusion and Large Numbers 
10½ Some More Prefixes 
11 Multiplication and Number Eleven 
12 Dozen 
13 Number Thirteen 
14 Some Diversions Involving Words and Numbers 
15 Non-Specific Numbers 
16 Numbers and Words In Disguise 
17 Origins and Categories Of Number Words 
18 Number and Its B 
19 Number Or Word?
20 Pyramid Puzzles 
21 Magic Squares 
22 Some Trivial Connections 
23 Numbers Within Numbers, Words Within Words 
24 Reversals and Palindromes 
25 All The Letters and All The Numbers 
26 Fibonacci Sequence

Answers: A to Z

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Notes and Workings

The author

Ian Paterson has spent over five-sixths of his life collecting and studying books on recreational maths; mathematical puzzles, games and diversions and the English language. He is the author of best selling book ‘A Dictionary of Colour’ also published by Thorogood.