The Beauty of Small Natural Numbers

Apr. 13th, 2021
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There’s something beautiful about small natural numbers, mainly about their relation to the human psyché.

I’m taking zero out, ’cause, even some says zero is natural, natural numbers are countable; I challenge you to count zero.

1 (one) is the unit, the origin. Without one there’s no one, everything starts with one; the first anything.

2 (two) is one plus one, and this simple operation is very meaningful:

If you got a problem, you solve that problem; but if you got two problems, you’re obliged to generalise the solution for the first time.

Two is the first prime, the first even – the only even prime. The pair.

3 (three) is two plus one, and that’s meaningful too: three is the result of the simpliest operation (3 = 2 + 1) between the simpliest numbers. It’s the offspring, the odd one after one:

4 (Four) is the first square after one, representing the square idea itself.

Four equals to the product of its own isometric sum elements (2 + 2 = 2 × 2). By the way: 4 = 2 + 2 = 2 × 2 = 2²

5 (five) is the number of elements of the smallest meaningful field. It’s the only untouchable odd number.

6 (six) is the first number that is neither a square not a prime number; the first perfect number. The hexagon has edges of the same size of its radio, making it the perfect natural bidimensional form.

7 (seven) is the only Mersenne safe prime, highly associated to luck in the Judeo-Christian culture, but not only.

8 (eight) the first cube after one, representing the 3-dimensionality itself. The only natural perfect power that’s one less than another perfect power.

Sphenic numbers have eight divisors.

Have you gotten any interesting natural number fact?

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