You Know You’re Working Too Hard When…
…You’re listening to the Pixies song, Monkey Gone To Heaven, and you wonder to yourself:
does God get the better deal, or does the devil, because according to the song, the devil is six (which is a perfect number) while God is seven (which is the third prime number).
My number theory lecturer would be proud of me.
On a slightly related note, during my last number theory lecture, the lecturer (great guy, but a bit of a grumpy bastard) was talking about perfect numbers. During the course of the lecture, he said: “two to the power of eleven, minus 1, is 2047. Is it a prime number?”
Without hesitating, my friend called out, “no – it’s 23 times 18 89.”*
I should point out that, even for a maths student, this is not something that you just know. So, after the lecture, I asked said friend how the hell he’d known the answer.
“Oh,” he shrugged. “There’s this great graffiti in the mens’ toilets on G floor – it said, “2047=23 x 18 89: remember this; one day it could save your life“.”
*It has rightly been pointed out to me that I am a fool, and that I’d got my numbers wrong in the original post. Yay degree level maths!