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A Number, By Any Other Name January 8, 2009

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Academically Speaking, Odds and Ends.

Mathematicians get excited by the strangest of topics. The search for the highest prime number, for instance, or to what decimal they can recall the square root of pi. Things of that nature.

I jest of course. Still, it’s interesting to see the debates that rage in the field, for which reason this article from The Economist recently caught my attention. It’s strangely amusing — if in an oddly philosophical fashion — to read about arguments for and against the notion of what makes a number a number.

[When 1, 2, 3…is not enough (The Economist)]



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