The road we take when we read numbers.

1989 may or may not be a special number to you.
It may be a special number  if you  were born in 1989 or if you did buy Taylor Swift’s last album or maybe for some other reason. If not, well I’m guessing that 1989 is nothing special to you. Depending on its status in your mind, you are not going to read this number in the same way.
Sarah Wiseman from UCL gives a really interesting presentation on how we read numbers. See the numberphile video
She makes the distinction between numbers which have a meaning (this is relative to you) – most likely 314 has a meaning to you – and numbers which don’t mean anything (maybe like 209123002).

 

 

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