If you lie awake at night worrying about the maximum speed of a metronome, or how many dimples there are on a golf ball; if you’ve ever wondered why the shipping forecast is broadcast on 198 metres long wave; or if you find yourself puzzling over what is really going on in the 273 seconds of John Cage’s most famous composition – then this is the book for you.
The Book of 365 consists of 365 entries, using every number from 1 to 365 as a starting point for a brief exploration of the world around us, taking in a broad sweep of science, history, art, literature, medicine, and popular culture.
Every number has a story to tell, and The Book of 365 contains 365 of their stories. But this is no dry-as-dust mathematical treatise. In fact (with one exception) you will find no mathematics in this book. What you will find is a dazzling array of intriguing facts and little-known stories, each one connected in some way to one of the numbers from 1 to 365.
The Book of 365 covers topics as diverse as romantic poetry and steel mesh, archaeology and chilli sauce, un-birthdays and barcodes.
For example, did you know that:
And no book called The Book of 365 would be complete without a bonus 366th story, in honour of the leap year.
Hugh Brazier was born in Bristol, and grew up there and in the Black Mountains in south Wales. He has a first-class degree in English from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Library and Information Studies from University College London. He worked for many years as an academic librarian in Dublin, mostly in medical libraries, before moving to York and becoming a freelance editor in 2002. He specialises in medicine, zoology, and sailing books, and his regular clients include Cambridge University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, and HarperCollins.
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For many years, Jan McCann worked by day as a bookseller, while by night she was a jazz saxophonist. Since 1999 she has worked as a freelance copy-editor, proof-reader, and book reviewer, specialising in travel, geography, art, and natural history. She started writing in 2009, and is the co-author of The Book of 365. She has recently completed the manuscript of a book on the American artist Walter De Maria, and is now planning her next book ‒ about ice as a source of inspiration for artists. She has a PhD and first-class BA in Art History and a BSc in Geography. She lives within a seagull&r...
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