
Re: prime numbers and African artifact
Daniel Kian Mc Kiernan (dmckiern@weber.ucsd.edu)
Mon, 10 Jul 1995 18:55:34 0700
On Mon, 10 Jul 1995, Michael Solomowitz wrote:
]>>>> has engraved markings containing what appear to be representations of
]>>>> the numbers 11, 13, 17, and 19, all of which are prime numbers ..."
]>>>>
]>>> What? They left out 9, 15, and 21, some of the most useful prime numbers
]>>> of all! :^)
]
]>> No, no, no. Those are the *even* numbers! The primes are 1, 4, 9, 16, 25,
]>> 36, etc.
]
]> Wrong  those are ROUND numbers. The primes are 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13,
]> 21, 34, etc. It's as easy as 3.1415.....
]
]> David Wasserman (davidwss@freenet.edmonton.ab.ca)
]> CurmudgeonAtLarge (DWasserman@edc.gov.ab.ca)
]> "The older I get, the more value I place on experience."
]>
] Prime numbers are those numbers which can NOT be divided evenly by
] another whole number... 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31...
Yes, but the =whole= numbers, by virtue of the bran that they
contain, involve a lot of friction, and can often give at least the
appearance of dividing evenly a number with a small fractional part.
What happens, of course, is that the small fraction part is ground
up by and with the bran. It gets swept of the desk with the eraser
crumbs, no one the wiser.
It's always Dark. Light only hides the Darkness.
Daniel Kian Mc Kiernan (619) 535  0546
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