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Why we love numbers

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More or Less - presented by economist and author Tim Harford - aims to scrutinise, explain and explore numbers in the news and in life as a whole.

Here, we have invited programme guests and well-known figures across various fields to share their love of numbers.

Comedian Dave Gorman offers some tips on how to add up numbers. It's so easy when you know how...

Former Home secretary Charles Clarke confesses to having a favourite number.

Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy on the power of the number 17.

The BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston talks about the challenge of making sense of the huge numbers of the global economic crisis.

TV presenter Rick Edwards attempts some heroic mental arithmetic. But does he get his sums right?

Television presenter Konnie Huq has an A grade in A-Level maths and an economics degree, and thinks numbers hold the secret to life.

Personal finance expert Alvin Hall talks about the numerical journey which took him as a young man from the family farm to Wall Street.

The Liberal Democrats' Treasury spokesman Vince Cable on why numbers need to be treated with care.

Money Box presenter Paul Lewis argues people could be making an expensive mistake if they take little or no interest in numbers.

The Spectator's political editor Fraser Nelson on the search for truth in numbers.

More or Less is broadcast on BBC Radio 4. To find out more, visit the programme website, or subscribe to the More or Less podcast.

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