"Written in lucid, skillfully translated prose that puts the science into philosophical perspective, this shines a fascinating light on the modern-day obsession with numerical quantity over quality." —Publishers Weekly
"Our days have always been numbered, but increasingly so too are our steps, minutes of REM sleep, and evaluations of restaurants. In 31,234 words Dahlen and Thorbjørnsen cast their four critical, and at times whimsical, eyes at our numbered existences revealing that despite the potentially uncountable benefits of numbering things, consuming too much 'pi' might be bad for our health." —Scott E. Page, PhD, John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan, and author of The Model Thinker
"Everybody should read this book. A smart and insightful read that will totally change the way you think – and live." —Thomas Erikson, author of Surrounded by Idiots
"An entertaining and thought-provoking antidote to the tyranny of numbers in the modern world. By looking at the psychology of how we are tricked, goaded and often crushed by endless quantification, the authors present a winning case for weaning ourselves off number-dependence." —Alex Bellos, author of Can You Solve My Problems?
"The authors deliver a steady stream of anecdotes, studies, and historical events that will unsettle even the most skeptical...An unnerving but convincing anti-number polemic." —Kirkus Reviews
"Using research to substantiate their claims, the authors incorporate fascinating tidbits...The book's structure, humorous tone, and examples make it easy to read and follow by a better quality of life." —Library Journal