Emma Marriott

A History of the World in Numbers

This title spans the early civilizations of man, from the plains of Mesopotamia and the Indus Empire, through to the modern day. The numbers dictate the topic of each entry, shining a light on each subject, from the development of early writing in China or the number of Brodie helmets issued in World War One.

About the author
Emma Marriott is a freelance writer and editor whose previous works for Michael O'Mara Books include I Used to Know That: History, Bad History: How We Got the Past Wrong, and The History of the World in Bite-sized Chunks.
212 printed pages
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Michael O'Mara Books
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  • zhaoyongershared an impression8 years ago
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  • Lacivərd Məmmədovahas quoted5 years ago
    The Sumerians devised a seven-day week, naming five days after the five known planets – our Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – and the other two after the Moon and Sun.
  • Lacivərd Məmmədovahas quoted3 years ago
    Though the date of the Buddha’s death is uncertain, we know that his body was cremated and his ashes placed in eight urns buried in earth mounds. Two centuries later the Maurya Emperor of India, Ashoka (see here), would excavate these urns and subdivide them to create 84,000 memorial shrines to Buddha.
  • Siri Sena Baba Hamidhas quoted4 years ago

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