For the Romans, number 1 meant to be first among equals (primus inter pares).

The first ever no. 1 in the pop music singles charts on 14 November 1952 was ‘Here in My Heart’ by Al Martino.

The Roman god Janus is famous for having 2 faces on the same head, each looking in a different direction.

It was Benjamin Disraeli who said that there are 3 types of untruth – lies, damned lies and statistics.

Any map can be coloured using only 4 colours.

David killed Goliath with 5 pebbles.

Nearly every snowflake is 6-sided – and each is unique.

Seven is a number occurring in all aspects of life, from luck to religion. Think Snow White, colours of the rainbow, deadly sins and Hindu Chakras.

The system of Roman numerals has just 7 letter, 1, V, X, L, C, D and M.

To the Chinese 8 is the luckiest number (because it sounds like the word for prosperity) and it’s no coincidence that the Beijing Olympics began at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm on 8/08/2008.

The No.1 Book of Numbers

Explore the world of numbers from the evolution of counting, to the way in which our houses, roads and telephone numbers are designated. Find out why almost all snowflakes have six sides, learn about the ancient ‘science’ of numerology, and discover the backstories behind films, books and songs with numbers in their titles. read more

Taken from the book The No.1 Book of Numbers.