"What's Special About This Number" Facts
by Gianni A. Sarconehttp://www.archimedes-lab.org/numbers/Num1_69.html
eople have always been fascinated by NUMBERS... Numbers areactually basic elements of mathematics used for counting,measuring,ranking,comparing quantities, and solving equations.
Numbers have unique properties: for some ones of us they are merelyconcise symbols manipulated according to arbitrary rules, for othersnumbers carry occult powers and mystic virtues.Almost all numeration systems star t as simpletally marks, using single
strokes to represent each additional unit. The first known use of numbers dates back to around 30,000 BC when tally marks wereprecisely used by stone age people.To show that each number is unique and has its own beauty, we havecollected for you a huge amount of facts pertaining to the magicalworld of numbers, covering a rangeof different topics includingmathematics, history, philosophy, psychology, symbolism,etymology,language, and/or ethnology...
The number facts in this 'Numberopedia' are available asfeaturesfor print and electronic publishing.
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umber) is, in computing, a value (or symbol) that is usuallyproduced as the result of an operation on invalid input operands,especially infloating-point calculations. NaNs are close to someundefined or inderterminateexpressions in mathematics. In short, NaN isnot really a number but a symbol that represents a numerical quantitywhose magnitude cannot be determined by the operating system.=