Assuming you can say two digits a second and have evolved beyond the need for food, sleep, or a social life, the largest prime number ever discovered would take you more than four months to even say. So you’ll forgive the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search project, the impressive minds behind the discovery, if they…
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Of all the infinitely many numbers in existence, the number seven appears to be humanity's favorite. Why?
A young man sees changing numbers floating above the heads of people around him and suddenly recognizes a woman who can do the same. But a tragic twist forces him to realize how the numbers—and what they tell you about people—can be a curse.
A new report says that Chinese audiences are growing tired of the repetitive nature of imported films, which bodes poorly for Hollywood's penchant for sequels, remakes, and special effects-driven blockbusters.
When numbers get either very, very large or very, very small, it's hard to conceptualize exactly what they mean. But this vintage video is a simple guide to comprehending numerical extremes.
We may be celebrating Pi Day here at io9, but we would be irrational to deny that there’s more to mathematical interestingness than simply dividing an object’s circumference by its diameter. Here are seven numbers we love as much as pi.
There are similarities in the way a bird flies through the air and a dolphin swims through the water. And yet how do you compare the flap of a butterfly to the enormous movement of a blue whale? The best way, it turns out, is with their respective Strouhal Numbers.
Ships are 'she,' people have motherlands and fatherlands, but what about a picture of a baby with the number '1' on it? What about a nice beef stew? Or a chair? Strangely, we tend to assign genders to all of them in a fairly predictable way.
This week, we're gearing up for 9, Shane Acker's film about nine animated rag dolls, each known only by their number. With that in mind, we list 16 other characters who have numerical monikers.
Human infants are born with an innate mathematical ability that allows them to count large numbers of objects more easily than groups of two or three. A new study of 4.5 month old infants' "number sense" suggests that emphasizing language before numbers is the wrong way to teach kids about the world. Babies can…