A simple fact: numbers pervade our lives.
The first numbers we see each day are those on our alarm clocks. If we have a clock radio, maybe we hear the time and temperature first. We might weigh ourselves, and sure enough, the scale gives us a number.
If we take medications, the instructions tell us how many pills to take and how often. The label also has a prescription number, a phone number and an expiration date. Our attire comes in sizes – numbers, of course.
When we get to the kitchen for breakfast, there are numbers on our microwaves, toasters, ovens and boxes of cereal. If we get a morning newspaper, there are dates at the top of the page. If we turn on the radio or TV, we need to select a station – by number. On the new TVs, we read the sound volume by number.
Then, if we drive to work, the speedometer has numbers, the shift lever has numbers and there are speed limits, highway signs and numbered streets and houses. Gas stations display numbers to tell us how much a gallon costs. If you use a keyboard, it has numbers – in two places. When you buy groceries, every item has a price – a number. On our way home, we may notice street numbers.
Numbers are everywhere.