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Lost In Translation: From English To Russian To English Once More

S. Bochner and W. T. Martin’s book Functions of Several Complex Variables, published in 1936, dealt with the functional theory of n dimensions. At the time, this book was practically the only reference available to those who wished to study the subject. A … Continue reading

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Curious Number Patterns #4: An Italian Language Curiosity & Cyclic Numbers

Curiosità Numerica The Italian word for 6 (sei) contains 3 letters. The Italian word for 8 (otto) contains 4 letters. The Italian word for 10 (dieci) contains 5 letters. The Italian word for 12 (dodici) contains 6 letters.

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Gleanings From The Past #21

Strange Bird Mr. Zachariah Pearce, aged 21, died at Cranbrook, Kent, October 17, 1786. The following remarkable occurrences are related as matters of fact, which can be attested by many persons in Cranbrook. Mr. W. Pearce, the father of the … Continue reading

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A Metric World

To those who are not aware, today, October 10, is Metric Day. Happy Metric Day to all of those who care (and those who don’t as well). Though I suspect that many of you don’t give a hoot about this … Continue reading

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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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A Logical Meal

Four logicians were having dinner and discussing logical puzzles. After the main course, the waiter brought a large plate that contains 11 slices of cakes. Their debate was intense and in the process, they ended up eating all the cakes. … 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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