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Why are all the natural numbers interesting?

9 Comments

  1. Lynne says:

    Why is the greatest eastern elongation of Mercury better than greatest western elongation?

    Clue – I’m not a morning person.

  2. Chuckles says:

    Similar to the reason all computer programs are dull.

    ergo –

    Because if they were not all interesting, there would exist a smallest uninteresting natural number. This fact makes it interesting. Repeat as necessary.

  3. RAB says:

    Because “Unnatural” ones are a bit pervy?

    (You are going to clobber me again for that aint ya? Despite telling me that no mathematical knowledge was needed whatsoever) ;-)

  4. NickM says:

    Quick off the mark Chuckles!

    I would have preferred a proof by “induction”* but you got the gist.

    *1 is interesting because it’s the first
    2 is interesting because it’s the first prime
    3 is interesting because it’s the first triangular number after unity.

    n is interesting because it is the first uninteresting number.

    PS 1,2,3 have all sorts of other points of interest. As do most numbers.

  5. Bod says:

    Natural Numbers – keepin’ it Real.

  6. Talwin says:

    Why do I feel excluded from this mini-thread? Probably because I only managed 25% at GCE (real ’60s GCE that is) ‘O’ level and the same at re-sit.

  7. NickM says:

    Bod,
    Or at least rational.

    Talwin,
    I wouldn’t worry. My school bête noire was threading the sewing machine. I have built computers, networked them, tinkered with cyclotrons, scratch built a nano Tesla scale magnetometer out of junk, re-wired a shower in the pitch black with a Maglite between my teeth, blown-up a fridge but that fucking Singer keeps on coming back to me. Mrs Porter – I remember you. Gor! Was she not a harridan…

    This is what happened to a pal of mine in sewing class (we all had to do it ‘cos my comp was had been a sec modern so they had to keep on the sewing staff)…

    M: “Miss it’s buggered!”
    Mrs P: “No M, it’s broken.”
    M: “But Miss, it really is buggered!”
    Mrs P then hurls with ninja-like precision a pair of upholstery scissors at M cutting the back of his hand.
    M: “Oww! It’s still buggered though!”

    That must’ve been about 1988.

  8. Bod says:

    Dammit Nick, go with all due haste to http://www.tinyclr.com and buy yourself a FEZ Panda from them or a UK dealer.

    They have modules an’ evryfink! Well, not sure about a a magnetometer, but you can build that yourself!

  9. NickM says:

    Bod,
    I is strictly high tension these days. I really wanna build a Tesla Coil. I found a few years back a website by a US Airforce bloke and he built one and a phrase rings in my ears. “When the rotary spark-gap got going it howled like a panther passing a kidney stone”. “Mad! They call me mad?”. I now have a shed you see. I might get an Igor seeing as Romania is in the EU these days but he’d best pass the cowering test first. I was tempted to build a Theremin but then I’d have to learn to play it.

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