That sideways figure eight used as the symbol for infinity (∞) is properly known as a lemniscate.
Want to remember the value of Pi (3.1415926) in easy way? You can do it by counting each word's letters in "May I have a large container of coffee?"
A prime number is divisible only by one and itself. We learn about them in elementary school and recognize them as 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, etc. As the numbers get larger, the space between primes becomes greater. In January 2016 a mathematician at the University of Central Missouri announced the discovery of the largest... Continue Reading →
When he was a child, Blaise Pascal once locked himself in his room for several days and would not allow anyone to enter. When he emerged, he had figured out all of Euclid's geometrical propositions totally on his own. source
In a chess game after three moves by each player, there are over nine million possible configurations for the chess board. Claude Shannon (1916-2001), an American mathematician, calculated the total possible configurations for a chess board at roughly ten tredecillion (1, followed by 43 zeroes). source
Depending on whether a country uses the Long Scale or the Short Scale for its numbering system, 1,000,000,000,000 will always be 1,000,000,000,000, but whether you express that number as one billion or one trillion could vary. The Short Scale is typically used by English-speaking and Arabic-speaking countries, whereas Latin countries and continental Europe tend toward... Continue Reading →
Pierre de Fermat (1605-1665) wrote in the margin of a book, "I have discovered a truly remarkable proof of this theorem which this margin is too small to contain." He then died. It took 357 years before his proof was rediscovered by Andrew Wiles in 1994. The theorem was noted by Guinness Book of World Records as... Continue Reading →
"Bernarr MacFadden had the wild glare of an educated horse doing a problem in arithmetic." -- Alva Johnston Source
The Austrian/American logician and mathematician Kurt Gödel died on January 14, 1978 from being a picky eater. He had a compulsive fear of being poisoned and would only eat the food prepared by his wife Adele. Adele was hospitalized for six months and could no longer prepare food. During this time his weight dropped to... Continue Reading →
The above equation can be expressed as a limerick: Integral z-squared dz from 1 to the cube root of 3 times the cosine of three pi over 9 equals log of the cube root of 'e'.
What comes after a million, billion and trillion? A quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion and undecillion. Undecillion is a 1, followed by 36 zeroes. Still counting? Try novemdecillion, which is 1, followed by 60 zeroes. Want more? Centillion is 1, followed by 303 zeroes. source
Daniel Tammett first came to worldwide prominence on March 14th, 2004 – otherwise known as Pi Day (3/14). To raise money for an epilepsy foundation, Tammett spent five straight hours reciting the numeric value of pi to the 22,514th decimal place, all from memory. Tammett, an epileptic, had picked up his remarkable memorization skills after... Continue Reading →