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5,777. Arithmatic like language begins in legend. (Evolution & Mathematics & Numbers & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 1973 5/13
5,778. Numbers are the language of Nature. Pythagoras found a basic relation between music harmony and mathematics. (Evolution & Mathematics & Numbers & Music & Humanity) ibid.
48,790. The methods of theoretical physics should be applicable to all those branches of thought in which the essential features are expressible with numbers. (Physics & Mathematics & Numbers & Laws of Science) Paul Dirac
21,080. The Bourne Trilogy: 000-7-17-12-0-14-26 Gemeinschaft Bank Zurich. (GBH Films & Numbers & Spy Films) The Bourne Identity 2002 starring Matt Damon & Franka Potente & Chris Cooper & Brian Cox & Clive Owen & Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje & Gabriel Mann & Julia Stiles et al, director Doug Liman, number from removed chip
5,455. I have resigned. I will not be pushed. Filed. Stamped. Indexed. Briefed. Debriefed. Or numbered. My life is my own. My life is my own. I am not a number. I am a free man. (Freedom & Prison & Man & Life’s Like That & Control & Numbers & Resignation) The Prisoner, TV series 1967-68
23,750. OK, it’s spooky, all right? I’ll grant you. It’s more than spooky. But just step back, all right? You have all these uncircled numbers with no sequence to them. I mean, numerology, kabbalah, pythagorean cults, there are systems that find meaning in numbers, and they are a dime a dozen. Why? Because people see what they want to see in them. (Science Fiction Films & Numbers) Knowing 2009 starring Nicolas Cage & Rose Byrne & Chandler Canterbury & Lara Robinson & Nadia Townsend & Ben Mendelsohn & Alan Hopgood & Liam Hemsworth et al, director Alex Proyas, Phil
80,645. How can you actually know anything at all? Then he [Descartes] slips into a dream. And in the dream he understood that the key was to build philosophy on the indisputable facts of mathematics. Numbers he realised could brush away the cobwebs of uncertainty. (Maths & Numbers) Marcus du Sautoy, The Story of Maths III: The Frontiers of Space
80,647. [Pierre] Fermat managed to find several new patterns in numbers that defeated mathematicians for centuries. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,662. Hidden in this cathedral are clues to a mystery. Something that could help answer one of humanity’s most enduring questions. Why is the world the way it is? (Maths & Numbers) Professor Marcus du Sautoy, The Code I: Numbers BBC 2011
80,663. The precise proportions of this magnificent cathedral: to the medieval clergy these divine numbers were created by God. But to me they are evidence of something else: a hidden code that underpins the world around us, a code that has the power to unlock the doors that govern the universe. (Maths & Numbers & Cathedral) ibid.
80,664. The code: an abstract world of numbers that has given us the most detailed description of our world we’ve ever had. For centuries, people had seen significant numbers everywhere. An obsession that has left its mark on the stones of this medieval cathedral. (Maths & Numbers & Cathedral) ibid.
80,665. For Saint Augustine, numbers had to come from God. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,666. I don’t share their religious beliefs; I can’t help feeling something in common with the people who built this place. I share their awe and wonder at the beauty of numbers. For them those numbers brought them closer to God. But I think they’re important for another reason: because I believe they are the key to making sense of our world. (Maths & Numbers & Cathedral) ibid.
80,667. Numbers have given us an unparalleled ability to understand our universe. And in places this code emerges from the ground. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,668. Unlike other numbers primes can only be divided by themselves and one. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,669. Pi is the essence of circle-ness distilled into a language, a code. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,670. Just as the circle appears everywhere in nature, so Pi crops up again and again in the mathematical world. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,671. Some numbers are so strange they don’t seem to make sense as numbers. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,672. We’ve given this number a name and it’s called i – part of a whole class of new numbers called imaginary numbers. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,673. 1.08 ... The Nautilus is growing at a constant rate. So every time the Nautilus builds a new room the dimensions of that room are 1.08 times the dimension of the previous one. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,674. Behind the world we inhabit there’s a strange and wonderful mathematical realm. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,675. It’s only through the code that we can understand the laws that govern the universe. (Maths & Numbers) ibid.
80,676. Gravity ... It will accelerate to land at a constant rate of 0.98 meters per second per second. This is a fundamental law on our planet. (Maths & Numbers & Gravity) ibid.
80,801. The numbers twelve and sixty were so familiar to Egyptians. (Measurement & Numbers) Professor Marcus du Sautoy, Precision: The Measure of All Things I: Time and Distance, BBC 2013
80,711. Numbers are the fabric of mathematics. But not all numbers are the same. There are numbers and there are Prime Numbers … They crop up at random getting larger as the numbers get rarer. (Maths & Numbers) Horizon: A Mathematical Problem, BBC 1984
80,725. It doesn’t matter how many Primes you multiply together, by adding one you’ll either discover a new Prime number or a number that’s divisible by a Prime that’s not on your list. (Maths & Numbers) Horizon: Alan and Marcus Go Forth and Multiply, Marcus du Sautoy, BBC 009
77,264. Is the universe infinite? Might every event repeat again and again and again ... Is the Earth just one of uncountable copies tumbling through an unending void? (Infinite & Mathematics & Numbers & Universe) Horizon: To Infinity & Beyond, BBC 2010
77,265. A google-plex has so many zero that there is not enough space in the observable universe just to write the number down. (Infinite & Mathematics & Numbers & Universe) ibid.
77,266. Graham’s number is so big it even made it into the Guinness Book of Records. (Infinite & Mathematics & Numbers & Universe) ibid.
77,267. In an infinite universe anything that is possible has to happen. (Infinite & Mathematics & Numbers & Universe) ibid.
77,268. While no-one likes the idea of space coming to an end, the consequences of an infinite universe are even more bewildering. (Infinite & Mathematics & Numbers & Universe) ibid.
83,398. The numbers didn’t lie: we did. Penn & Teller, Bullshit: Numbers s4e9
83,399. Numbers by themselves aren’t vicious; just the jerks who manipulate them. ibid.
83,399. We assume that somebody has counted something. That it’s really really true. Professor Joel Best, author Damned Lies & Statistics
83,400. When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind: it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be. Lord Kelvin 1824-1907
83,401. I am not a number, I am a free man! George Markstein & David Tomblin, TV series The Prisoner
95,325. The Prisoner was the ultimate cult hit: a TV series about a secret agent who is kidnapped and held captive in the mysterious village ... He is Number 6, and from the village there is no escape: ‘I am not a number; I am a free man’. (Culture & Great Britain & Television & Numbers) Dominic Sandbrook: Let Us Entertain You IV: Me, Myself & I
77,265. Imagine that all of you and in Hades and I am the devil. I make the following proposition, I say: I’ve written down on a positive integer on a slip of paper, a whole number ... Every day you’re allowed one guess as to what that number is ... (Infinity & Numbers & Mathematics) Professor Raymond Smullyan