The astronomer, Carl Sagan, famously said that there were more stars in our Universe than grains of sand on the Earth’s beaches. But was it actually true? More or Less tries to count the nearly uncountable. Content warning: This episode includes gigantically large numbers. (Photo: The barred spiral galaxy M83. Credit: Nasa).
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Is it strange that Russian football players have run such big distances?
How many words do you need to speak a language and how many do native speakers use?
How the ‘beautiful game’ has changed…through numbers.
From penguins to nematodes - is it possible to count how many animals are born every day?
Tim Harford explains how maths can help lazy students can reduce their revision workload
How do you count the number of people sleeping rough?
Is WH Smith really the worst shop on the High Street?
Do one in seven businessmen throw out their underwear after wearing them once?
How to read the weather forecast, plus measuring the amount of tea we drink.
Does being very tall improve your chances of becoming a professional basketball player?
Are more working families in poverty? Plus exploring the new school league tables.
What is the truth behind the 17th Century Dutch craze for Tulips?
The British abortion statistics gaining attention in Ireland's referendum debate
Statistician Hans Rosling’s family talk about the book they co-wrote about preconceptions
Calculating the benefits and risks of breast screening. Plus, patchy citizenship data.
Why some fear the statistics authority is about to lose its independence
Measuring plastic pollution, female FTSE directors and counting animal offspring.
Tim Harford talks to economist Dan Ariely about the psychology of money.
The W.H.O. say 95% of people in cities breathe unsafe air, but what does 'unsafe' mean?