Stories in numbers

Numbers are tricky. Some are too big to think about—like the ‘googol’ (10 to the power of 100), which has so many digits (101) that storing it in our heads would hypothetically turn our brains into a black hole. Even for fathomable numbers, our brains are hardwired to process them like sensory information. Instinctively, but [...]

By |2017-10-17T13:01:54+10:00October 17th, 2017|Numbers, Psychology|Comments Off on Stories in numbers

Numbers are big

Humans don’t really get numbers. Some isolated communities function without having numbers bigger than 4, which incidentally is about the highest number of ‘things’ we can reliably count with a glance. 1 thing. No worries. 2 things. Yep. Got it. 3 things. Indeed. At a glance, I’m all over this. 4 things. That’s 4 things, [...]

By |2017-10-30T11:34:08+10:00March 27th, 2015|Awesome, Numbers|Comments Off on Numbers are big
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