Favorite numbers

On yesterday’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” on NPR, there was a five-minute segment on “What’s Your Favorite Number and Why?” The interview with British mathematician Alex Bellos is definitely worth listening to; you can find a listen-to-the-story link on that webpage. But it’s also worth reading Robert Krulwich’s follow-up at the same location, especially various contributors’ accounts of what their favorite numbers are and why. The only thing that puzzles me is why nobody seems to have the right answer. It’s 42, of course.

Categories: Math