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What is the slowest-growing whole number sequence?

What is the slowest-growing non-repeating, non-trivial* whole number sequence? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Dec 11, 2013 - 24 answers

Educate me on modern mathematics!

My math knowledge ends just past Newton. What books provide a good, relatively general-audience introduction to the past 150-250 years of problems and developments in mathematics? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Can a transcendental number raised to an algebraic power be algebraic?

Can a transcendental number such as pi, be raised to an irrational, but algebraic power resulting in an algebraic solution? Complex solutions would be acceptable. There might be a quick proof here, or there might not be. - Thanks for any help you can offer answering this! (And I promise that this isn't for a class or anything like that!)
posted by ch3cooh on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Teach myself Math virtually for the first time.

I'm a 21 year old college senior liberal arts major who has managed to slide by in school (and life) without ever really learning math beyond a middle school/very early high school level. For no reason in particular, I've decided that I want to get serious about bettering myself in the math department. How can I teach myself the academic math skills I missed out on? [more inside]
posted by Krazor on Jan 15, 2013 - 19 answers

Numbers Rackets and Benford's Law

Does Benford's Law apply to Numbers Games? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Sep 16, 2012 - 10 answers

What is the difference between floating point accuracy and precision?

What is the difference between floating point accuracy and precision?
posted by conrad101 on Jan 2, 2012 - 10 answers

What do you love about zero?

My favorite number is 0. I have many reasons for this, but I want more. [more inside]
posted by junipero on Apr 1, 2010 - 38 answers

RDRR. Get it?

What are some cool math and number facts that would blow the mind of a seven year old? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 1, 2009 - 68 answers

The twenty most important numbers

In a talk (at TED) by Brian Greene on string theory he says that there are "there appear to be about 20 numbers that really describe our universe..." He lists a few in his talk, but what are the rest of of those numbers? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Maybe dyscalculia, maybe badly wired neurons

Does anyone have experience with self-treatment as an adult with dyscalculia? I think I may have it, and that I've had it all my life. Whether or not that's so, are there any tricks to "rewiring" yourself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2008 - 7 answers

What is bigger than alot or a shitload?

My son asked me how many trees there are in the world. I know there are a finite number, yet I also know that it is not practical to count them. Same with grains of sand. When the set cannot be measured because it goes on forever we say the set is infinite. Is there a single word to express the concept of a countable, finite number too large to actually count? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Nov 30, 2007 - 42 answers

Why do I hate 8?

Why is it hard for me to perform simple mental calculations with certain numbers? [more inside]
posted by lalex on Jun 5, 2007 - 19 answers

Can ya help me be geeker?

Can you help me with my innumeracy? [more inside]
posted by horseblind on Jul 23, 2006 - 16 answers

Is zero a cube?

This page mentions, among other things, that "100 is the smallest square which is also the sum of 4 consecutive cubes." Obviously, this refers to the sum of 1^3 (1), 2^3 (8), 3^3 (27) and 4^3 (64). But it seems to me that the sequence can be pushed back to start with 0^3 (0), in which case you can get four consecutive cubes adding up to 36, which is a square. Is zero then not considered a cube? [more inside]
posted by ubernostrum on Mar 2, 2005 - 9 answers

Base prime number system possible?

I read The Curious Incident of the Bear in the Night-Time and one of the bits of cleverness is using primes to number the chapters. This got me thinking, is it possible to have a base prime number system? [math inside] [more inside]
posted by revgeorge on Sep 12, 2004 - 24 answers

Is Zero odd or even

The Number Zero: odd, even, or neither?
posted by Phatty Lumpkin on Jul 3, 2004 - 17 answers

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