# Zero

## A strange case of banned numbers

They say the pen is mightier than the sword, and authorities have often agreed. From outlawed religious tracts and revolutionary manifestos to censored and burned books, we know the potential power of words to overturn the social order. But as strange as it may seem, some numbers have also been considered dangerous enough to ban. Alessandra King details the history behind illegal numbers.

## Can you count much higher than 10 on your fingers?

How high can you count on your fingers? It seems like a question with an obvious answer. After all, most of us have ten fingers -- or to be more precise, eight fingers and two thumbs. This gives us a total of ten digits on our two hands, which we use to count to ten. But is that really as high as we can go? James Tanton investigates.

## Fun with dice

Dice (singular die - meaning "something which is given or played with")are small objects with multiple resting positions. They are mainly used for generating random numbers but as this video shows can have other uses in a classroom too!

## Happy Maths - 1: Numbers

This is a mathematics book with a difference. There are more stories here than problems!
Written by Mala Kumar and illustrated by Angie and Upesh, "Happy Maths - 1" looks at numbers and is intended for children who can read independently.

## A Number Trick!

Here is an interesting way one can multiply small and big numbers. Also known as Russian multiplication, the peasants are said to have devised this method.

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