Numbers are ubiquitous in our lives, and we encounter them in countless forms every day. Yet many of us fail to appreciate their fascinating properties. Take the number 1729, for example. It was once considered a dull number by Professor Hardy until he had a conversation with Ramanujan and discovered its hidden beauty.
The beauty of numbers is a matter of personal perception, just like the beauty of music or art. As Paul Erdős famously said, why are numbers beautiful? It‘s like asking why is Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don‘t see why, someone can‘t tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren‘t beautiful, nothing is.
Mathematics is often seen as a tedious and mandatory subject by students. However, by highlighting the peculiarities of numbers, we can breathe new life into this fascinating field. By sparking their curiosity and encouraging them to delve deeper, we can help students develop a love for mathematics.