I used to like a tv crime drama show called NUMBERS.
Don’t expect many others will remember it.
Produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, the series ran for 118 episodes and six seasons between 2005-2010.
It had a great opening credits sequence which contained the following voiceover –
“We all use math every day. To predict weather…to tell time…to handle money. Math is more than formulas and equations. It’s logic; it’s rationality. It’s using your mind to solve the biggest mysteries we know”.
This is my lead-in to posing the real prime of this post, which is the question –
Do you know what number follows on after a million, billion and trillion?
Before you attempt an answer, check out this scene from NUMBERS, talking about internet security –
Answer, as you just saw, is a quadrillion.
Ps. If I had to nominate my favourite number it would be the number ’19’. 19 is a prime number made up of the first and last single digit numbers; 1 and 9. Number 19 is the number of beginning and end and therefore can be seen as a milestone of completion. 19 was the average age of the U.S combat soldier during the Vietnam War. The 19th Prime Minister (of Australia) was John Gorton, one of my faves (don’t ask me why!). On a personal note I’ll admit to having fond memories of back when I was this age (though 19 is a true idiot’s age). My street address for the last decade has been 19 and a song I have loved for a great many years is Paul Hardcastle’s 19. LISTEN TO IT HERE
What’s your favourite number.. and why?
Ps. Ever found yourself in a jam and asked, “What would my favourite philospher do?” Some of you are looking at me strange right now I know, but for anyone who knows their Aristotle from their Plato or their Buddha from their Socrates, this may be the book for you. Written by English author Marcus Weeks, WHAT WOULD NIETZSCHE DO? considers a variety of everyday problems from the viewpoint of some very renown deep minds. We all seek advice from time to time so where better to go than 80 of the greatest thinkers, past and present, the world has even known. Topics include –
- How to mend a broken heart.
- Toilet seat: Up or down?
- What to do if you’ve lost your phone.
- Is Shakespeare better than the Simpsons?
- Should I get takeaway tonight?
- Why do I feel guilty walking past a beggar?
- How do I get to be one of the good guys?