Category Archives: mathematics

Prime After Prime

Are the prime numbers sprinkled randomly along the number line, like windblown seeds?Of course not: Primality is not a matter of chance but a product of simple arithmetic. A number is prime if and only if no smaller positive integer … Continue reading

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Number Factoids

The web sites numbersaplenty.com and numberworld.info dish up a smorgasbord of facts about every natural number from 1 to 999,999,999,999,999. Type in your favorite positive integer (provided it’s less than 1015) and you’ll get a list of prime factors, a … Continue reading

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Carnival of Mathematics #130

Welcome to the 130th monthly Carnival of Mathematics, a roving blog organized by The Aperiodical. The previous edition was hosted by GanitCharcha. This month’s collection includes material appearing on the Web between December 10 and January 9 (with a bit … Continue reading

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The Carnival Is Coming to Town

Bit-player will be hosting the 130th Carnival of Mathematics, the monthly celebration of math(s) writing on the Web organized by The Aperiodical. Submissions are open now through January 9. Please contribute! Anything that might engage or delight the mathematical mind … Continue reading

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Mad Max Economics

Writing in The New York Times, the business columnist Eduardo Porter quotes Paul Ehrlich quoting Kenneth Boulding: “Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” Then Porter, siding … Continue reading

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