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Much Ado About Numbers

Rob Eastaway


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"A spectacular journey... Highly recommended!" Dr Simon Smith

"A playful and engaging book ... bound to excite the appetite of all Shakespeare junkies." Patrick Spottiswoode, The Globe

A fascinating new take on the world of Shakespeare.

What's the connection between Shakespeare and maths? A lot, as it turns out!

Shakespeare grew up in a time of remarkable mathematical innovation. From astronomy to probability, music to multiplication, new mathematical ideas were taking off - and much of this was reflected in his work. In this highly engaging book, award-winning author Rob Eastaway explores the surprising and entertaining ways that maths and numbers crop up in Shakespeare's plays.

Find out how Tudors multiplied, why Shakespeare never ended a line with the word orange, and why dice-playing was a serious hazard for the unwary. With historical asides about games, optics, astronomy, music and magic, you will never think about maths, history or Shakespeare the same way again.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
Binding: Hardback
Publication date: 18 Apr 2024
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 138 mm
ISBN: 9781805460275