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One Million Paperback – November 1, 2009
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In a world where we are bombarded with huge numbers from every side with graphs and charts that show comparisons--sometimes good, sometimes not so good--this book is a revelation. Its graphics are stark simplicity: 200 pages of an array of dots, each page has 5,000 dots; every two-page spread has 10,000 dots, all arranged in rows on each page of 100 dots per row.
To keep us interested in the numbers and not numb us with visual repetition, certain dots are set aside and numbered with a particular statistic from fanciful (2: population of the Garden of Eden) to concrete for the time of the book's publication (a number in the 11,000's for the number of taxicabs in New York City in 1970). Each page is also headed with where we are in the march to 10^6.
This is not a book you "read" so much as experience. Once you page through it and understand what One Million means you can start to generalize by going back to the first page: One billion is the same as the first fifth of the dots on the first page--where every dot represents a copy of the book.
I suppose it is out of print because of the ease which anyone could reproduce it on a personal computer nowadays and the obsolesence of some of the statistics. But as an educational artifact for those who need help with their numeracy, it is priceless.
I only hope it is reprinted, or its equivalent is recreated soon for the benefit of all students of Number.
Try instead Everything Explained Through Flowchart.
This book follows through and finishes well on a (different) noble concept.
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I had been looking for this book for years. I was delighted to find it. Everyone should be exposed to it to establish in their mide what one million really looks like.Published on February 13, 2013 by Sea2Ease
i teach college math, but found that no one really understands the concept of a million. this book is perfect;Published on December 21, 2012 by Connie Galvin
When I was in grade school in the early 1970s this was the most checked-out book in our school library. Or maybe the Chas Adams cartoon books were #1 and this was #2. :-)Published on May 2, 2012 by Thomas D. Kehoe