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Numeracy

posted 9 Mar 2015, 01:23 by Jordan Mitchell
The value of the week is numeracy. 

Definition; 'The ability to work with and understand numbers'.

Quote;  'The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics'.  Paul Halmos 


Let Us Now Praise Prime Numbers


Helen Spalding

 

Let us now praise prime numbers

With our fathers who begat us:

The power, the peculiar glory of prime numbers

Is that nothing begat them,

No ancestors, no factors,

Adams among the multiplied generations.

 

None can foretell their coming.

Among the ordinal numbers

They do not reserve their seats, arrive unexpected.

Along the lines of cardinals

They rise like surprising pontiffs,

Each absolute, inscrutable, self-elected.

 

In the beginning where chaos

Ends and zero resolves,

They crowd the foreground prodigal as forest,

But middle distance thins them,

Far distance to infinity

Yields them rare as unreturning comets.

 

O prime improbable numbers,

Long may formula-hunters

Steam in abstraction, waste to skeleton patience:

Stay non-conformist, nuisance,

Phenomena irreducible

To system, sequence, pattern or explanation

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