Zero

By Brian McCabe

Format: Paperback

Presents a poetic exploration of the world of numbers from a poet at the height of his powers. This book presents mathematics through a range of voices: a newsreader reports on the government's introduction of the new number through, a mafia boss invents Roman numerals, and a fisherman gives his sardonic take on Pythagorus.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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Brian McCabe's fourth poetry collection is an inventive exploration of the world of numbers. With playfulness and poise, McCabe brings mathematics to life through a range of voices: a newsreader reports on the government's introduction of the new number through, a mafia boss invents Roman numerals, a fisherman gives his sardonic take on Pythagorus, and a monkey sheds light on the Golden Mean. Re-imaginings of the lives of mathematicians such as Riemann, Moebius and Napier sit alongside witty and thought-provoking interpretations of numbers: eleven is a pre-teen sulking in his room, while twin primes are portrayed as detained refugees under interrogation. Appealing to readers of poetry and number-lovers alike, "Zero" is a compelling and bravura performance from a poet at the height of his powers.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 8 Jun 2009
ISBN 9781846971174
Number of Pages 96

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McCabe is a delightful poet with a serious sense of play.'Kathleen Jamie, Sunday Herald'A spiky, observant writer, with a lethal wit.'Kate Saunders, Scotland on Sunday

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