Freaky Math

Monday, August 10, 2009

Derrick Niederman, author of Number Freak: From 1 to 200 The Hidden Language of Numbers Revealed, shares his intense love of integers.


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Comments [14]

veal ham from melville, ny

Also, the tilt of the Earth's axis is 23 degrees off perpendicular to the ecliptic plane. So, is Earth evil too?

Aug. 10 2009 12:12 PM

When you've got Dick Cavett punking Amy Eddings you know it's August...

Aug. 10 2009 10:59 AM
Benigno Veraz from Washington Heights

please, tell us about the numbers with their own names, like pi and e, naturally occurring.

Aug. 10 2009 10:58 AM
NKH from harlem

my favorite number is 9 because i love the sound of the word 'nine' but also because the sum of its multiples add up to 9.

6 x 9 = 54 ... 5 + 4 = 9!

Aug. 10 2009 10:55 AM
korte40 from Manhattan


Aug. 10 2009 10:55 AM
veal ham from melville, ny

Don't we have 23 chromosomes? Are we all evil?

Aug. 10 2009 10:54 AM
Maggie from new york

According to Douglas Adams 42 is the answer to the Meaning of Life the Universe and Everything. I'm 42 now and I still don't geddit.

Aug. 10 2009 10:54 AM
Steven Mark from Manhattan UES

Why do jokes seem to have two leadin-ins to a punch line? Or 3 characters, like a doctor, a Rabbi and a musician jumped off a bridge, who was th first to hiit the water?

Aug. 10 2009 10:54 AM

Could you talk about 28? My girlfriend loves that number above all others and you would make me a major hero if you mention it. Nice and even, 28 days in a month something like that?

Aug. 10 2009 10:54 AM
Wendy from NYC Manhattan

My lucky number is three. I was born in March (the third month) and EVERY address I have had in my 40+ years has had a three in it, either in the street or apt. address, including the homes in which my parents raised me. If I move again, I will have to move to a home with a three in it. I consider it good luck. understand the number three relates to creativity. Is there any connection?


Aug. 10 2009 10:54 AM
John from Jersey/Brooklyn

I'd like to hear about the number 23 and, of course, 42.

23 is not evil (as far as I know). I learned in life drawing class that everything on the human body sits at a 23 degree angle

Aug. 10 2009 10:53 AM
Connie Kazal from NJ

Tell me about my favorite number, 26.

Aug. 10 2009 10:53 AM
Caitlin from Jersey City

42: the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything!

Aug. 10 2009 10:52 AM
hjs from 11211

why does evil surround the number 23

Aug. 10 2009 10:10 AM

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