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When Frank Nelson Cole Factored A Large Number During A “Lecture”

For around 200 years, several mathematicians had surmised that the Mersenne number 267 – 1 may be prime. However, French mathematician Édouard Lucas proved in 1876 that 267 – 1 can be factored and hence, not a prime. However, he was … Continue reading

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Mid-Autumn Festival: Victoria Park Lantern Display

The Mid-Autumn Festival (or what we call Jūng-chāu Jit in Hong Kong ) is a festival celebrated on 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night. People like to eat mooncakes during this … Continue reading

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Pun Of The Weak: Why Office Staff Is Always Tired?

Have you ever wonder why office staff is always tired despite not doing a lot of physical activities. As it turns out, they regularly do several strenuous activities, such as:

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The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword: Its Origin And Other Similar Ideas

From the first edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Note how suggestively close the words “pen” and “is” are. Perhaps, this was the idea of either Twain or his illustrator, True Williams. We often hear or … Continue reading

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Large Factor Tables And A Bizarre Application Of Mathematics To Warfare

Since Euclid prove that there is an infinite number of primes more than two millennia ago, a large number of mathematicians have been devising methods for finding large primes. Many have wasted obscene amounts of time in their search. Despite the development … Continue reading

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I Just Made An Account On Bloglovin

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I’d like to inform you that I just made an account on Bloglovin. Now, you may think, “Who cares.” I wouldn’t have posted this if I don’t have to. However, in order to “claim” my blog, … Continue reading

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Quotable #7: Excuses

“If all the crutches in the world were laid end to end, there still wouldn’t be enough for the lame excuses.” – W. T. Rutherford

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