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The number 223

Oct. 26, 2010, at 10:29pm

I was just helping my son Nick with his math homework. The answer to one question we worked on was 223. (At least that is what we think, what we hope, what we really, really, really hope it was, because some much needed extra credit depends on it.)

223. Did you know there was a Wikipedia entry about this number? I didn’t either until I googled it (I thought it was a prime number, and wanted to be sure). It turns out that 223 is not an ordinary number (in the ordinary sense of the term) at all. Besides being “the natural number between 222 and 224” and the “atomic mass of francium,” it is also “a long prime, a lucky prime and [get this] a sexy prime”.

What does this have to do with personalism? Well, it seems to me that these are the sorts of things any well-rounded personalist ought to know.


Katie van Schaijik • Oct 28, 2010 - 12:54 pm

Consider: A number has enough individuality to merit a Wikipedia entry.  And yet, each person has more individuality in each cell of her body, each thought and feeling that passes through her consciousness, than the totality of any number of numbers.

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