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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by Infinity Flat » May 27th, 2011, 3:29 pm

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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by TheGenius » May 27th, 2011, 4:06 pm

Infinity Flat wrote:
gh wrote:
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It's a block. What's so great about it?
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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by Littleboy » May 27th, 2011, 7:30 pm

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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by salcedam » May 30th, 2011, 9:36 pm

TheGenius wrote:
Infinity Flat wrote:
gh wrote:
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It's a block. What's so great about it?
Because that block is another way of saying "Q.E.D." after a proof. And it's a block of pure awesomeness.
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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by Epidemiologist » May 31st, 2011, 5:34 pm

gh wrote:If we assume that 73 is the greatest number ever, then it follows that there exists no number n such that . Now, without loss of generality, consider the number 85.

is evidently true, and so there is at least one number which is greater than 73. Thus our assumption is incorrect, and 73 is not the greatest number ever.∎

A well-known number larger than 73 is Graham's number

Finally, to settle the dispute which is the topic of this thread, 17 is the most significant number of all time (I mean that in a non-technical way).

Notice how its Wikipedia page stresses (non-technical sense) its importance (non-technical again) to mathematics? That is no random (pun not intended) coincidence (...again)!

This is in fact because a large chunk of today's mathematicians were raised at the badass hippie society known as HCSSiM. This cadre of awsmness represents the future faces of mathematics as well as the coolest people you'll meet in the American Northeast. If there is any authority at all on what the coolest number is, it's them and their yellow friggin' pig. :)
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Mathcounts is like the easiest competition ever, no offense, the concepts are things we learned in elementary school, to the point that it's almost boring. I hit Nationals 6-8 grade, so calm down.

Just because 85 is farther from 0 on a number line doesn't make it greater, because in that case -86 and 86 would be greater than 85. In addition, if you were to use a number line as an example, the greatest number would be infinity, another unquantifiable number.
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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by Kokonilly » May 31st, 2011, 7:01 pm

Epidemiologist wrote:Mathcounts is like the easiest competition ever, no offense, the concepts are things we learned in elementary school, to the point that it's almost boring. I hit Nationals 6-8 grade, so calm down.
Hi, sorry, just popping in to say:
Don't call a competition the 'easiest ever' when people actually work at it and don't achieve desired results even with work. Florida's not a terribly competitive state, no offense, so please, stop bragging.

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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by winneratlife » May 31st, 2011, 7:13 pm

Epidemiologist wrote:Mathcounts is like the easiest competition ever, no offense, the concepts are things we learned in elementary school, to the point that it's almost boring. I hit Nationals 6-8 grade, so calm down.
a) I didn't say a word about Mathcounts, LB did.
b) Florida rankings: '09 18th, '10 20th, '11 10th. lolwut okay then, I bet either of us could've made it in third grade in Guam, but that doesn't give bragging rights.
c) If it's that boring, why didn't you make CD at nats...say...ever?
Epidemiologist wrote:the greatest number would be infinity
Infinity is not a number...

Oh, and gh was having fun. You take life too seriously.

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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by AlphaTauri » May 31st, 2011, 7:17 pm

Epidemiologist wrote:Mathcounts is like the easiest competition ever, no offense, the concepts are things we learned in elementary school, to the point that it's almost boring. I hit Nationals 6-8 grade, so calm down.
Hi, I did MC for three years and never got to Nationals.

It can't possibly be because there are smarter people in the state of PA who work harder than I do at MC; it must be because I never learned elementary school math, by which I mean semi-obscure geometric formulas, multiple variable equations, and speed calculating against people who can solve high-school level math word problems before they're finished being read.

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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by haverstall » May 31st, 2011, 7:19 pm

Epidemiologist wrote: the greatest number would be infinity
To reiterate winner's point, INFINITY IS A JOURNEY NOT A NUMBER~my favorite math teacher.
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Re: Greatest Number Ever (73)

Post by fmtiger124 » May 31st, 2011, 7:24 pm

Epidemiologist wrote:
gh wrote:If we assume that 73 is the greatest number ever, then it follows that there exists no number n such that . Now, without loss of generality, consider the number 85.

is evidently true, and so there is at least one number which is greater than 73. Thus our assumption is incorrect, and 73 is not the greatest number ever.∎
Just because 85 is farther from 0 on a number line doesn't make it greater, because in that case -86 and 86 would be greater than 85. In addition, if you were to use a number line as an example, the greatest number would be infinity, another unquantifiable number.
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