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July 2nd, 2011, 03:13 AM   #1
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Why everyone should know number theory

Pythagoras' dictum that `all is number' is well-known. But my impression
is that even practicing mathematicians are often not entirely aware of the thoroughness
with which we have developed this very idea over the centuries in the
formation of our world-view, from the evolution of the cosmos to the structure
of elementary particles, and even in attempts to describe the ultimate nature of
human consciousness.
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The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is at all comprehensible.

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Meh...I'm more of a topology and analysis kind of guy.
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Like when someone raises an issue I feel has already satisfactorily been resolved. Believe it or not, I can be (to paraphrase my wife) a "smartypants" from time to time!
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