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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Numbers and Mind


Sunday reflection:
"As archetypes of our representation of the world, numbers form, in the strongest sense, part of ourselves, to such an extent that it can legitimately be asked whether the subject of study of arithmetic is not the human mind itself. From this a strange fascination arises: how can it be that these numbers, which lie so deeply within ourselves, also give rise to such formidable enigmas? Among all these mysteries, that of the prime numbers is undoubtedly the most ancient and most resistant."
         -- Gerald Tenenbaum and Michel Mendes France, in "The Prime Numbers and Their   
             Distribution"



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