*J**ames Bryant...**y
favourite numbers*

BELOW are some interesting numbers that I've collected over the years. First let me explain the notation used as some of the numbers are very large and to write them out in full with all the noughts isn't practicable. Instead I'll use the scientific notation to save space, so bear with me (it's not rocket science, trust me). Take the number 1,000,000.

You can write this as10^{6},
where the base number in my
example (10) is raised to the power of 6 or in layman's terms it's just 1 with
6 noughts on the end (1,000,000). Conversely, if there is a minus sign before
the power then the number is divided thus 10^{-6} = 10 divided
by 1000000 = 0.000001.

Right, now that's sorted
let's look at some of my favourite numbers...

**6** is the first
perfect number

**7** is interesting
in more ways than one. There are 7 deadly sins, 7 colours of the rainbow, 7
wonders of the World and 7 days in a week. And you cannot fold a dry piece of
paper in half more than 7 times - try it! It is also the number of times light
will travel around the world in one second.

**22 **is** **the
maximum number of pieces that you can cut a pancake with 6 slices of the knife
- try it

**46 **In Psalm 46,
the 46th word is "shake". Then count back the 46th word from the end
and find "spear" Shakespeare!

**216 **is he number
of bones in the human body

**3.8.1** The words
"I Love You", have 3 letters, 8 words and only 1 meaning

**5,776** is about
the most stars visible to the naked eye in the northern hemisphere.

**12,345 **is the
average number of thoughts you have each day - If you're a man half of them
are sexual!

**25,000** mph is
the escape velocity from Earth

**67,000** mph is
the Earth's orbit speed around the Sun (easy to verify)

**220,000** ish babies
born every day

**pi (p) x 10 ^{7}**
is about the number of seconds in a year (3.142 x 10,000,000)

**1.76 x 10 ^{9 }**about the number of seconds I've been alive so far (2011)

**10 ^{10}**
is the age of the Universe in years (remember that's 1 with 10 noughts on the
end = 10,000,000,000)

**111,111,111 x 111,111,111**
= 12,345,678,987,654,321

**10 ^{16}** is
about the number of words spoken since the beginning of time

**10 ^{23}** is roughly
the end of the edge of the observable universe in miles

**10 ^{80} **is the number
of atoms in one model of the universe.

**10 ^{100}** The Googol

**10 ^{120}**
is the number of possible moves in a 60 move game of Chess - that's more than
there're atoms in the universe!

If you would like to see a list of all my interesting numbers collected over the years (why?) then go click the link on this picture and download the pdf:

*There
are 10 sorts of people, those that understand binary and those that don't*