I don’t suffer from arithmophobia. If I did, it would have made my job as a computer programmer somewhat awkward.
However, a headline caught my eye yesterday that caused my heart to flutter a bit and I confess to just a little twinge of anxiety –
Now the vast majority of numbers cause me little or no bother. But there are a few that I find distinctly unnerving. Take 13,587,997 for example. That’s a number that raises my blood pressure quite a bit, but it pales into insignificance when I come across 96,558,138,226. That is a number that strikes terror into my very core and I just hope it isn’t amongst the numbers that Nolan is warning us about.
Some people may say that I’m being irrational.
What about π?
Now that’s irrational.