Turkey: Our Favorite Type of Viral

Share this infographic on your site! Source: Numbersleuth.org Turkey: Our Favorite Type of Viral It starts in 1621 With 53 pilgrims[3] And 90 Native Americans Gov. William Bradford sent 4 men to hunt birds Wampanoag Indians contributed 5 deer. Three days of feasting saw more venison than turkey.[2] Meal: Goose, Swan, Duck, Venison, Lobster, Shellfish, […]

What are you going to believe, me or the numbers?

In the classic Marx Brothers comedy DUCK SOUP, Groucho finds Chico with Groucho’s girlfriend in a bedroom. Chico tries to deny any hanky-panky by asking “What are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” Obviously, Groucho should believe his own eyes and not Chico’s baldfaced lies. And yet, in many circumstances of life, […]

The Mathematics of Hell

(Or Jonathan Edwards Meets Leonhard Euler) Visions of hell abound, not just in Christian literature but also in mythology. The Greeks, for instance, had Sisyphus, who was condemned to an eternity of futility, constantly rolling a rock up a hill, only to have it come tumbling back once he was almost at the crest. Or […]

Potential Infinity vs. Actual Infinity

What is infinity and does it even exist? In our everyday experience, we find only finite things. A basket of eggs contains only a fixed number of eggs and no more. Our bodies are composed of particles (molecules, atoms, protons, quarks, etc.). But whatever particles describe our make up, we find only a finite number. […]

The Most Interesting Number

Are all numbers interesting? Yes. And we can prove it using a “proof by contradiction.” Assume there are positive numbers that are not interesting. Therefore, there is a smallest number that is not interesting. Hey! That’s interesting! Therefore, the assumption in (2) is violated. We have a contradiction and have proved that all positive numbers […]

The Numbers We Live By

Numbers are an essential part of life, so we better learn to live with them. It’s often said that the language of nature is mathematics, so if you’re going to be a scientist, you’re going to need math. True enough. But non-scientists need numbers too. Keeping a bank account, getting a mortgage, and providing car […]