The Romance of Numbers

  • John H. Conway
  • Richard K. Guy


Throughout history, number and numbers have had a tremendous influence on our culture and on our language.


English Word Medieval Time Walk Away Favorite Number Pythagorean Triple 
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  • John H. Conway
  • Richard K. Guy

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