Explore the world of numbers

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.



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Ruth Binney (neé Chanter) spent her childhood in Tiverton where her father was a housemaster at Blundell’s School. For 10 years between 2002 and 2012 she lived in West Stafford, a village just outside Dorchester with her late husband Donald, where she continued her writing and editorial consultancy as well as her interests in gardening (as General and Show Secretary of the Bockhampton and District Horticultural Association and in her own garden and allotment) in cooking and entertaining and in walking and caring for the countryside. read more


Ruth acts as a consultant to publishers on the development and commissioning of new book projects in a wide range of subjects including cookery, gardening, home making, health, popular science and word books. She also takes on the checking of edited texts in these areas. For David and Charles she was most recently the editor of a new edition of Brian Martin’s Country Lives Remembered and commissioning editor of their successful ‘Voices’ series. READ MORE