Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My 1729th blog post.

Not really, but it's a cool number. It's the new 1337. Shows up in several Futurama episodes. This is a number you should use to show that you are weirdly hip. Beware, nerdy math geek stuff ahead:

1729 is known as the Hardy-Ramanujan number, after a famous anecdote of the British mathematician G. H. Hardy regarding a hospital visit to the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. In Hardy's words:

"I remember once going to see him when he was ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. "No," he replied, "it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways."
If that doesn't get you all moist and excited... well, you're probably normal.


SirDan said...

Not normal: Had to open up Excel and figure out that it was 12 and 1 or 10 and 9.

Jason said...

My favorite number is 9801. It's the square of 99, which just happens to be 98 + 01. I even knew a girl in high school whose phone number was 283-9801, and that's the only reason I remember it. Well, that and she was hot.