Monthly Archives: November 2007

Google open-source programming contest

Are you a high school student? Are you interested in computer programming? You should participate in the Google Highly Open Participation Contest! The idea is that students compete to contribute features to various open source projects. You’re guaranteed to get … Continue reading

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Perfect numbers, part III

This is the last in a series of posts about perfect numbers. A quick recap of the series so far: in part I, I defined perfect numbers as positive integers n for which , where denotes the sum of the … Continue reading

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Video: The Story of Pi

A fun video about , including a nice visual explanation of the formula for the area of a circle, and some interesting places that shows up where you might not expect it to. The video was made by Tom M. … Continue reading

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Perfect numbers, interlude (Challenge #11)

Recall that the first three perfect numbers are 6, 28, and 496. And if you tried computing as I suggested near the end of part I, you might have noticed that 8128 is perfect as well! Do you see any … Continue reading

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Video: Möbius transformations revealed

For your viewing pleasure, a fantastically beautiful video about Möbius transformations, which are functions of the form where z, a, b, c, and d are complex numbers, and . For example, is a Möbius transformation with b=2, c=1, and a=d=0. … Continue reading

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Perfect numbers, part II

In my last post I introduced the concept of perfect numbers, which are positive integers n for which , where denotes the sum of all the divisors of n. Incidentally, we could write the definition of as , that is, … Continue reading

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Perfect numbers, part I

Today I’d like to talk about perfect numbers, which touch on some clever algebra and some neat topics in number theory. At least, I’ll start talking about them, since it will probably take me three or four posts to say … Continue reading

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