I know many of us writers are afraid of numbers. We work and play with words, while numbers are for mathematicians, computer geeks and bankers. But did you know that numbers can hold entire stories?
Apparently, this is clear in people with Aphasia, a language disorder that is often caused by a brain trauma and affects their ability to read numbers. Sometimes they also lose the ability to recognise numbers unless they remember a personal story behind it, i.e. there is a contextual relevance. For example, a man was unable to say the number 505, but he was able to say the number 504 because his first rally car was a Peugeot 504. This got me thinking to how certain numbers in our lives carry with them certain stories that only we know about.
This video explains it all much better. True, it’s a bit long, but Dr. Sarah Wiseman from UCL explains it really well, and it’s great for writers to see the story significance of numbers.