Category Archives: Number Theory

Riffs and Rotes • 59281

Re: Persiflage • 59281 Numberfile • What’s Special About 59,281? If is prime then the decimal expansion of repeats, so it makes sense to talk about the “average” of the digits of   The average can be bigger than equal … Continue reading

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Riffs and Rotes • Happy New Year 2021

Apart from their abstract beauty, Riffs and Rotes are structures I discovered while playing around with Gödel numberings of graphs and digraphs.  To my way of thinking they bear a deep connection to the mathematical infrastructure of logic.  Here are … Continue reading

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Riffs and Rotes • 5

Re: Scott Aaronson • The Busy Beaver Frontier All my favorite integer sequences, some very fast growing, spring from the “lambda point” where graph theory, logic, and number theory meet.  My fascination with them goes back to a time when … Continue reading

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Riffs and Rotes • 4

Prompted by a recent discussion of prime numbers and complex dynamics on one of the Santa Fe Institute’s FaceBook pages, I posted a link to an old project of mine, going back to a time when I was first learning programming … Continue reading

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Problems In Philosophy • 4

Re: R.J. Lipton and K.W. Regan • Did Euclid Really Mean ‘Random’? These are the forms of time, which imitates eternity and revolves according to a law of number. Plato • Timaeus • 38 A Benjamin Jowett (trans.) It is … Continue reading

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Riffs and Rotes • 3

Re: R.J. Lipton • Failure Of Unique Factorization My favorite question in this realm is how much of the linear ordering of the natural numbers is purely combinatorial, where we eliminate all the structure that isn’t purely combinatorial via the … Continue reading

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Forest Primeval → Riffs & Rotes

Re: Shifting Paradigms? • (1) • (2) • (3) • (4) • (5) • (6) Prompted by the discussion of Catalan numbers on the Foundations Of Math List, I dug up a few pieces of early correspondence and later discussions that … Continue reading

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¿Shifting Paradigms? • 2

Re: Timothy Chow • Shifting Paradigms? 2014 Jul 31 I can’t remember when I first started playing with Gödel codings of graph-theoretic structures, which arose in logical and computational settings, but I remember being egged on in that direction by … Continue reading

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Riffs and Rotes • 2

Re: Peter Cameron • Addition and Multiplication of Natural Numbers The interaction between addition and multiplication in the natural numbers has long been an interest of mine, leading to broader questions about the relationship between algebra and combinatorics.  My gropings … Continue reading

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Riffs and Rotes • 1

Re: Richard J. Lipton • Making Primes More Random There’s a study called generalized primes which investigates in a more general way the relationship between arbitrary elements called primes and the composites which can be formed from them according to … Continue reading

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