Featured category: Mathematics & statistics

The largest number; how to build your own magic square; why a gambler should believe in God; and proof that 0.999… is equal to 1.

Infinite
Aster_Tataricus.JPG: Pascalou petitderivative work: Nevit Dilmen [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The largest number most people know is the googolplex. But there are much much larger numbers in use.


Magic Square
Adapted from Cantons-de-l’Est [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Siamese method can be used to create your own magic square.


Blake's God
William Blake [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Pascal’s wager applied probability to the question of whether one should believe in God or not. (But not, importantly, whether God existed or not.)


0.9 recurring
File:999 Perspective.png: Melchoir, AzaToth, Mets501, Sopoforicderivative work Pbroks13 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

0.99999… (that is, 0.9 recurring) is the same number as 1; here’s the proof.

To explore some of the culture, idiosyncrasies, and peculiarities of mathematics and statistics, begin here:

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