Georg Cantor defined infinity as the size of the never-ending list of counting numbers. Read more
Georg Cantor defined infinity as the size of the never-ending list of counting numbers.
Another Five Numbers
The Number Four
Are 4 colours enough to paint any map, so neighbouring countries have different colours?
The Number Seven
Are 7 shuffles sufficient to achieve a good degree of randomness in a deck of 52 cards?
The Largest Prime
Can large prime numbers be used to form the basis of more secure encryption codes?
Is the 'face-centred cubic lattice' the most efficient way of stacking spheres?
When 3G phone licences were sold, game theory was used to boost proceeds for the Treasury.
A Further Five Numbers
One - The most popular number
One is the most popular number, as it appears more often than any other number.
Two - At the double
Doubling is a form of exponential growth, which appears in population growth and inflation
Six degrees of separation
Six is often treated as 2x3, but has many characteristics of its own.
G - The number that defines the universe
Newton's equation of gravity includes a number G, indicating the strength of gravitation.
1729 - The first taxicab number
1729 is the smallest number you can write as the sum of two cubes, in two different ways.