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Wells' Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers

  1. Sep 23, 2006 #1

    CRGreathouse

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    Wells' "Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers"

    Does anyone have a copy of Wells' "Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers" 1986 or 1987 edition? I'm curious about how they compare to the revised (1997) version I have.

    On a lark, I decided to put together a list of "uninteresting" numbers. I started when I realized I'd seen a number of web pages devoted to the opposite, as well as the book mentioned above. My idea was simple: list whole numbers that did not appear on any of the lists I had, starting from the smallest. In the revised edition, this starts 54, 57, 58, 67, 75, 78, 80, 82, 83, 92, .... How does this compare to the original? o:)
     
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  3. Sep 24, 2006 #2

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    Actually, the 1986,1987 and 1997 editions are not very interesting. Try Try the 2020.172i edition.

    :biggrin:
     
  4. Sep 24, 2006 #3

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    Hmm, not seen one of those. :wink:
     
  5. Sep 25, 2006 #4

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  6. Jul 6, 2010 #5
    Re: Wells' "Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers"

    Resurecting an old post...

    The original has the following 'boring numbers'
    43, 51, 54, 57 (although 57.296…° 1 rad does appear), 58, 62, 67, 68, 74, 75, 78, 80, 82, 83, 86, 87, 92, 93, 95, 106, 107, 109, 110, …

    Edited to add: Well... I should of looked at your link first, clearly you have found a copy of the first edition in this time. Also I missed '39' which is simultaneously interesting and un-interesting.
    An engineers should have paid more attention to detail!
     
  7. Jul 6, 2010 #6

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    Re: Wells' "Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers"

    How did nobody post anything about the old joke that you can't list the first uninteresting number?!?!?
     
  8. Jul 6, 2010 #7

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    Re: Wells' "Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers"

    :rofl:
     
  9. Jul 6, 2010 #8
    Re: Wells' "Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers"

    Actually, IS that a sound proof?
     
  10. Jul 6, 2010 #9

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    Re: Wells' "Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers"

    I don't think it is legal to create the set of interesting positive integers. It is sort of a variation of russels paradox. I think, but I am not sure, that it breaks with a certain principle/axiom in set theory.

    It breaks down when you request a list of uninteresting numbers. That itself affects the status of 'being interesting' for each integer (since the least one is interesting), so also a common-sense view of the situation makes it difficult to justify such a request.

    Arguably, we could all accept that being interesting is not a well-defined property of integers.
     
  11. Jul 6, 2010 #10

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    Re: Wells' "Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers"

    Thank you!

    I was only able to find an excerpt, so the list is new to me.
     
  12. Jul 6, 2010 #11

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    Re: Wells' "Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers"

    Annnnnnd of course, there's an XKCD comic about that...
     
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