Loneliness of the Prime Numbers

October 17, 2011 at 21:17 (Books, Other) (, , , , )

So this is something I’ve started to think about a while ago. We had to read a book for school (a very annoying book, by the way, because every sentence started with ‘And…’ (the main character was an autistic person, so he wasn’t able to talk like a ‘regular’ person)). The book was called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

Now, that book doesn’t have chapters in the logical order, starting with 1, 2, 3, and so on, but the chapters are prime numbers. I’m this person who wants a logical order, so I started counting to see if there is a logical order in the prime numbers (can you keep up?). I counted, and counted, and counted (which took me a long time), and if you have a good sense of fantasy you could see a logical order. Still, I must conclude: unfortunately for me and my will to find a logical order, but very fortunately for this blog, prime numbers are random.

There’s also another book about prime numbers, an Italian book, written by Paolo Giordano, called La solitudine dei Numeri Primi. In English The loneliness of the Prime Numbers, in French La solitude des Nombres Premiers, in German Die Einsamkeit der Primzahlen, and last but not least in Dutch De Eenzaamheid van de Priemgetallen. In Latin they have a name for what I’m doing now: ‘poeta doctus’, which means ‘wise poet’. It’s not that I consider myself a wise poet, but that’s the name for someone who shows off his/her talent.

To end properly: here’s a song called La Solitudine (yes, it’s quite old):

PS: Did you know that if you can find a prime number that consists of more than 100 different ciphers, you can go to CIA (they use these prime numbers for certain codes) and receive a nice $10.000!



  1. Michael Cargill said,

    Dearest girls of wonderful blog.

    You are mad.


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