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Society Investigating Mathematical Mind-Expanding Recreations

May 1997 Feature Presentation
Numbers Ancient and Modern
W. Traves*

We present a sampling of interesting questions relating to numbers of various sorts, followed by the answers to these questions and a brief history and description of the concepts involved. We hope you will find this material useful and interesting, both for yourself and your students.

  • A Sampling of Questions
  • Prime Numbers
  • The Greeks
  • Orderings
  • Real Numbers
  • Monkeys
  • Candyman's Dilemma
  • Solutions
  • History and Concepts
  • Numbers
  • Rational Numbers and the Greeks
  • Real Numbers
  • Orderings and Sizes
  • Modular Arithmetic
  • Other Number Systems
  • * Edited for SIMMER, with solutions and additional material added, by Philip Spencer.


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