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Good books for a 2 1/2 year old who loves numbers?

Our son is absolutely nuts about numbers (and letters, and other sequences or lists of things). His favorite books are all the kind where the first page has an 1, the second page has a 2, etc. But he needs more than just 10 things to count. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble on Jan 15, 2017 - 20 answers

GrammarFilter: How many plurals?

In the subject line of a regulatory filing that is being submitted to multiple dockets, do I say "Docket Nos. XXX & YYY" or "Dockets Nos. XXX & YYY"? [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Jan 10, 2017 - 14 answers

What shape are the numbers?

When you think of numbers, do they have some specific, reliable spatial organization in your mind? [more inside]
posted by biogeo on Aug 18, 2016 - 50 answers

Why is Numbers (the spreadsheet app) for ios doing this?

I use a Numbers spreadsheet on my iPhone 5S to keep track of my mileage for work. Sometimes -- but not always -- when I do a calculation, it gives me an almost-accurate but borked up number. [more inside]
posted by kitty teeth on Jun 1, 2016 - 7 answers

How to talk numbers and not-numbers

Over the years as a researcher in the humanities and social sciences I have often made vague comments expressing an intuition, or perhaps a bias, that quantitative analysis and statistical models often made by e.g. economics, quantitative political science and other math-fetishistic disciplines miss or misrepresent truths about human behaviour and society, which are messier and less easy to quantify than these disciplines assume. I would like to be more able to talk about this in detail and with greater specificity of examples than I currently am. More below... [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Apr 6, 2016 - 16 answers

SPAKE MAG B.M. 507.885

What does B.M. 507.885 with a little metal cap next to it embossed SPAKE MAG mean? I saw this very carefully (and kind of beautifully) added to some concrete edging near the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building in my neighborhood and I'm wondering what it might mean. Construction symbols? Telecom stuff? A secret code or artwork of some sort?
posted by limeonaire on Aug 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Number Generator for Foreign Language Learning

Is there a number generator that will read the number out in Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by Trifling on Jun 30, 2015 - 2 answers

What do these numbers mean, exactly?

Sometime, in front of chemical names, you will see three numbers, like this: 1,1,1 Triclorotriflouroethane. (to quote one example with which I am familiar.) What do they denote, and where can I find out more? (I realize that this may be simply a lack of Google-fu but I do have an underlying reason for needing to know.) Mefi chemists, help!
posted by pjern on May 23, 2015 - 7 answers

negative roman numerals? fractions? imaginary numbers?

Weird pagesetting question: I'm writing an introduction for the reprint of a book that already has a preface (and will be getting a NEW preface for the new edition). We want to retain the original pagination for the reprint. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Apr 27, 2015 - 10 answers

What is the largest one-syllable number?

Twelve is the largest number whose English name has one syllable. I'm wondering what the largest number is whose name in some spoken language has one syllable.
posted by sen on Jan 21, 2015 - 20 answers

Numbers to Words

I want a plain text file listing the English words for number 1-100 (ideally, one per line any delimiter will be fine, I can fix that). One, Two, ..., One Hundred. It's got to be somewhere on this great internet. Can AskMe find it fast?
posted by Wolfdog on Dec 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Learning alphabet and numbers for a 3 year old

I'd like to find some games (or other techniques) to play with my 3 year old in order to learn alphabet and numbers. From experience, learning through fun is much better for everyone involved, but may not necessarily be the case here. Please point me in the right direction so I can try some things to see what actually works.
posted by aeighty on Nov 19, 2014 - 19 answers

Has a major lottery ever produced a result that doesn't look random?

Every outcome in a fair lottery is equally probable, yet some results display obvious patterns and feel less likely to the statistically uninformed. Nobody would blink if a six-number lotto draw came up with (3,12,27,31,40,44), but a result of (1,2,3,4,5,6) would probably make the news. Has this ever happened in a major lottery? If yes, what was the public responce?
posted by Dr Dracator on Nov 6, 2014 - 10 answers

2 year old son loves numbers - how can I nurture his talent?

My 2 year old son loves numbers. He can count by himself well into the 50s and can tell you what number he's looking at to at least as high as 110. As for me, well, numbers and I have never been the best of friends. How can I, a numbers-adverse dad, encourage and nurture his talent? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Sep 6, 2014 - 23 answers

Why do some people write "1950ies", "1980ies", etc?

I would write "1950s" or "1980s", and this is universal among native English speakers, so far as I am aware. In international contexts, however, I sometimes observe that people whose English spelling is otherwise flawless will consistently write "1950ies" or "1980ies", which reads to me like it has an extra syllable. Where does this convention come from, and what linguistic background makes it sound like a reasonable way to contract these numbers? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Jun 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Theory about Internet and judging personal probabilities already exist?

I have an original pet theory I came up with a long time ago involving the Internet and how people judge probability. It probably would fall into the anthropological, sociological or psychological fields. I'm not intending to make this post to discuss the theory itself as a sort of "let's b.s. back and forth about my idea" kind of thing. Reason I'm posting is because I'd like to know if this theory already exists or is an application of something broader that already exists. Maybe it's a theory being applied onto the communications medium of the Internet of some older theory in one of the above field(s) of study, or maybe it's a piecemeal construction of a few theories spliced together. Anyway, enough babbling, actual theory after the cut. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Who/what is calling me from these unusual numbers?

I missed a whole bunch of phone calls from some unusual numbers that aren't in the standard North American (XXX) XXX-XXXX format. What could they be? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Mar 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Local Skype Numbers?

Skype used to have local numbers you could call in Canada - does anyone know where to find a listing of them? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Feb 1, 2014 - 2 answers

Best Practices for Database Interfaces on the Web?

I'm in the earliest possible stages of building a web interface that will make it easy to display, graph, download, summarize, and interact with a wide variety of data. If you use scientific data from the internet, what are some of the websites you've encountered that make using data the easiest, most intuitive, and give you the best control? Also, what are some must-have features for you, and some of the best and worst design decisions the site builders have made? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

What is the slowest-growing whole number sequence?

What is the slowest-growing non-repeating, non-trivial* whole number sequence? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Dec 11, 2013 - 24 answers

145:110... 132:114... 114:101... what does this page of numbers mean?

At the local dog park, someone apparently found two Post-it notes, covered in strange number pairs, and pinned them to the lost&found board because, well, they look like they might be important! Since then, there's been much speculation about what these numbers might be for, what they might mean. Rather then type it all out, I have an image of the notes themselves, here. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 3, 2013 - 86 answers

What are some scary numbers?

I'm thinking about setting up a tongue in cheek project for Halloween that involves showing numbers that are scary. What numbers (with the context of a description) make you anxious, or at least spook you a bit on first glance? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 5, 2013 - 47 answers

Which uniform number has hit the most home runs?

A question that came up in discussion with my baseball-loving son: which uniform number has the most career home runs? In other words: which N gives the maximum value of the number of home runs hit by players wearing uniform N (at the time of the home run?) I was hoping one of the tools at baseball-reference would be able to compute this for me, but I didn't find it there. Some contenders are #44 (Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson), #25 (Bonds as a Giant, Thome, Palmeiro) and #3 (late Ruth, pre-Yankee A. Rodriguez, Foxx, Killebrew)
posted by escabeche on Oct 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Form with Numbers and Text

I want to create a form with Open Office that lets me enter numbers in the right column of a page that corresponds to the text in the left. I want to be able to past the entire text document into the right column and have the left column remain blank for my entries. A spreadsheet won't work because the text won't word wrap. I've also tried a table and inserting a column into a text document. I've also tried to write in the margin, but I'll be moving a lot of documents, so I don't want to do a lot of specific typing, which would likely be spread across thousands of pages of documents. I'd like to automate and past as much of this as possible. Think of how books of poetry or philosophy number each line of corresponding text, making it easy to find a specific verse. That's the form I want to create. Or if it has already been created and exists somewhere, I'd gladly download it. Help.
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 29, 2013 - 4 answers

52 weeks in a year, 52 cards in a deck... ....

It's a slow news day around the office, and someone mentioned that there are 52 weeks in a year, and also 52 cards in a deck of cards. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Aug 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Non-counting Words For Numbers

In English we have grouping units like dozen (12), gross (144), score (20) and a few others. Though no one uses them for counting (eg: 18, 19, score, 21…). What are similar words in other languages? If there's a cultural or historic reason that particular number has a special word, all the better.
posted by Ookseer on Jun 17, 2013 - 29 answers

Educate me on modern mathematics!

My math knowledge ends just past Newton. What books provide a good, relatively general-audience introduction to the past 150-250 years of problems and developments in mathematics? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Does an addn'l simple calculation on a random number alter randomness?

Does an additional, simple calculation (add one, for instance) of a genuinely random number, if applied to all results, affect the integrity of the result's randomness? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Apr 18, 2013 - 33 answers

Can a transcendental number raised to an algebraic power be algebraic?

Can a transcendental number such as pi, be raised to an irrational, but algebraic power resulting in an algebraic solution? Complex solutions would be acceptable. There might be a quick proof here, or there might not be. - Thanks for any help you can offer answering this! (And I promise that this isn't for a class or anything like that!)
posted by ch3cooh on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Teach myself Math virtually for the first time.

I'm a 21 year old college senior liberal arts major who has managed to slide by in school (and life) without ever really learning math beyond a middle school/very early high school level. For no reason in particular, I've decided that I want to get serious about bettering myself in the math department. How can I teach myself the academic math skills I missed out on? [more inside]
posted by Krazor on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 answers

Numbers and figures make me panic

Any methods for instantaneous number recognition in foreign languages? [more inside]
posted by thesailor on Oct 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Has Apple abandoned iWork?

So I'm trying to find details on the next versions iWork - but no one seems to know anything. Has Apple given up on it's office suite? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Numbers Rackets and Benford's Law

Does Benford's Law apply to Numbers Games? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Sep 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Graphing Politics

Why doesn't Obama or any politician for that matter use graphs to explain things? For all of their sophistication in Internet and social media, why doesn't the Obama campaign just go on television and show the American people a damn chart? Are we that stupid or am I missing something here?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 19, 2012 - 22 answers

What are the *approximate* download numbers for a Top 20 podcast episode?

What are the *approximate* download numbers for a Top 20 podcast episode? [more inside]
posted by LordSludge on Jul 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me make 545,565 more than just a big number!

Congratulating a bunch of fourth-graders on their awesome reading total tomorrow. How can I make them visualize the number "545,565 pages" in a fun way? [more inside]
posted by harujion on May 28, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I match number IDs from 2 worksheets - when one worksheet is only a subset of ids from the other?

Excel help: How do I match number IDs from 2 worksheets - when one worksheet is only a subset of ids from the other? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet on Apr 17, 2012 - 6 answers

What do these bumper sticker numbers mean?

I saw the following on a seemingly homemade bumper sticker on a car: "5.3 25.3 12.0". Amy thoughts on what it might mean? If it matters, this is in Bloomington, Indiana.
posted by ErWenn on Apr 7, 2012 - 13 answers

How do you explain one million?

Have you ever had "one million" (or one billion) explained in a satisfactory manner? [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Mar 14, 2012 - 37 answers

An affinity for random numbers

What is the significance of numbers/units of time (months/weekdays) in disorders like schizophrenia/bipolar? [more inside]
posted by six-or-six-thirty on Mar 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Harshad telephone numbers?

What do harshad numbers have to do with telephone numbers? [more inside]
posted by taltalim on Feb 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Do Numbers Have Souls?

Do Numbers Have Souls? [more inside]
posted by not_that_epiphanius on Feb 15, 2012 - 8 answers


Numbers for iOS: how to recalculate a spreadsheet on command? Like, if a cell contains a RAND or a RANDRANGE function, how to get it to produce a different random number besides reentering the formula? As near as I can tell it just sits there with the same value forever, no matter what else I do.
posted by JHarris on Jan 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Where did numbers get their names?

Where did numbers get their names? I'm asking particularly of English, but I'm guessing the answer goes back pretty far linguistically.
posted by squaregear on Jan 16, 2012 - 19 answers

What is the difference between floating point accuracy and precision?

What is the difference between floating point accuracy and precision?
posted by conrad101 on Jan 2, 2012 - 10 answers

Forget the 99% (or the 1% for that matter), help me find other percentages! Fun ones!

Forget the 99% (or the 1% for that matter), help me find other percentages! Fun ones! [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Nov 17, 2011 - 13 answers

mnemonics and numerals

How do you remember numbers? I create reports about and analyze stats all day, and I'd like to be able to remember "off the top of my head" at least a few of the keys numbers that I'm looking at. What memorization techniques or just general reading habits work for you?
posted by scribbler on Aug 6, 2011 - 16 answers

PayPal scam?

PayPal scam? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Jul 17, 2011 - 10 answers

y rose to x from x-δ

Why does the New York Times write "unemployment rose to 10% from 5%" rather than "unemployment rose from 5% to 10%"? I trip over this formulation and have to go back and reread the clause every time. Is the goal to increase clarity of avoid confusion in some way? How so? This doesn't seem to be standard American English, and it's certainly not usual in the UK. [more inside]
posted by caek on Jul 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Help my theoretical trains not crash.

I have a rather specific excel question. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Apr 6, 2011 - 9 answers

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