Have Some Fun With Numbers – The Symbols Of The Mind!


Symbols Of The Mind

It is Friday, the 5th day of the week and for most, the last day of toil, before the weekend. For us in the print industry, it is usually the most challenging day of the week. Friday normally means last minute orders, lots of jobs to despatch and technology meltdown.

Carl Jung, called Numbers, the symbols of the mind. He also proffered the theory that we discovered numbers, not invented them; Interesting theory. I have always loved numbers, especially ones with a £ sign in front of them.

Numeracy is one of the greatest skills you can master. With the weekend in mind, let us have some fun with these mysterious, powerful and awe-inspiring symbols.

Please take some time, sit down, with a cup of whatever takes your fancy and give your mind a little aerobic activity. Questions on Numeracy are designed to test your understanding of arithmetical functions, basic geometry and algebra.

These few questions, also test if you can identify how numbers relate to each other. Some of the questions require calculation and some require you to look for patterns.

If you want to send me your answers, I will let you know how you fared. Good luck.

Thanks for taking part.


1. Which number comes next: 2, 4, 16, 256, ?.

2. Which two numbers come next: 6, 5, 8, 7, 11, 10, ?, ?.

3. Which is the missing number in the sequence: 37, 46, ?, 129, 212.

4. Add up all 6 sides of a dice, in your mind without pen & paper. What is the total?

Have a great weekend and remember the words of the late great Henry Ford; “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage it”.

My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the digital circus.

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