The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Friends in high places

Williams, Gareth and Webster, Roger (2010). Friends in high places. Mathematical Spectrum, 42(2) pp. 54–58.

Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

The article discusses number mysticism, which steams from the belief of the Pythagoreans that natural numbers hold the secret of the universe. The development of the number theory, the recognition of even, odd , prime and composite numbers can be traced back to number mysticism. Thabit ibn Qurra, an Arab polymath, is considered as the first serious contributor in the field of amicable numbers but it was the emergence of Euler in 1737 changed the scene of the field when he was able to discover a total of 62 amicable numbers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Applied Probability Trust
ISSN: 0025-5653
Keywords: mysticism; Pythagorean Theorem; Euler characteristic; number theory
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
Item ID: 22724
Depositing User: Sara Griffin
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 15:41
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:30
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/22724
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

View Item
Report issue / request change

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk