Friday, April 8, 2011

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 666- a Devil number or just a Myth?

I think we all saw "The Omen" movie, in which a small boy had a birth mark on his head. It was the number 666. But what does it mean? Why do people think of it as a Devil's number?
When I saw "The Omen" I just knew that many people said the number 666 to be unlucky. I didn't think of it as unlucky, as I was born on the 6th, my favourite number is 6, and I met my true love on the 6th!! There you have, three sixes. So either I'm the granddaughter of the little boy  from the movie, or this is just a myth.:) Check out what I found when I googled the number 666:

 I have written down the most recognized reasons:

*In the New Testament, The Book of Revelation assets the number 666 to be "the number of a man", which is associated with "the beast".
*This beast is an antagonistic creature that appears briefly about 2/3rds into the apocalyptic vision.
* In today's world, the 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for Antichrist.
*.It is not uncommon to see the symbolic role of the integer 666 transferred to the digit sequence 6-6-6. *Some people take the Satanic associations of 666 so seriously that they actively avoid things related to 666 or the digits 6-6-6. This is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.
 * In the Bible,  the number 666 is the number of Adokinam's descendants who return to Jerusalem and Judah from the Babylonian exile.
* The number 666 is a frequent visual element of Aryan Brotherhood tattoos.

In terms of mathematics, the number means a lot in this field:

*  666 is the sum of the first 36 natural numbers. So, if we add the first 36 numbers ( 1+ 2+3+....+36= 666)
* the number 36 is a a square and a triangular number
* 666 is a member of the indices of prime Pandovan numbers: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 19, 30, 37, 84, 128, 469, 666, 1262, 1573, 2003, 2210, ...
* 666 is the sum of the squares of the first 7 prime numbers: 4+9+25+49+121+169+289=666.
* The number of prime numbers up to 666 is 121, the square of the number of prime numbers up to 36.

So there you have it. Not much devil as in " always the number happens when something bad happens" kinda thing:)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

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Located in Poland, Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world. The castle was founded in 1274 by the Teutonic Knights who used it as their headquarters to help defeat Polish enemies and rule their own northern Baltic territories. The castle was expanded several time to host the growing number of Knights until their retreat to Königsburg in1466. But wait, there's more to this castle to be said!

1. The Malbork Castle was built in Prussia 1274.
2. Malbork was previously called Marienburg,, literally meaning “Mary’s Castle” and was named after the Virgin Mary, the Order’s patron saint.
3. With the rise of Adolf  Hitler to power in the early 1930s, the Nazis used the castle as a destination for annual pilgrimages of both the Hitler Youth and the League of German Girls.
4. Since 1945, after the World War II, the Castle belongs to Poland. The name was changed to Malbork.
5. Malbork is the largest brick Gothic Castle in the world.
6.  It is the largest medieval fortress in Europe, consisting of three sections: the High, Middle and Lower Castles Each castle is separated by moats and towers. After many years of battle and unrest, the castle was turned over to Poland, where it really belonged!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

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What made Einstein an "Einstein" ?

There are few things that you may or may nor know about this genius, Albert Einstein. I hav read few articles and combined one of the most interesting facts about Einstein:

1. Einstein wasn't present in December 1922 to receive the Nobel prize in physics in America. Instead he was on a voyage to Japan.

2. Albert had early speech difficulties, and yet he was a top student in elementary school.

 3. Einstein's interest began when his father showed him a pocket compass. As he was looking at it, he questioned himself : what causes the needle in the compass to move? This question led him to what he became!!

4. Einstein's father intended for him to pursue electrical engineering, but  he clashed with authorities and resented the school's regimen and teaching method. Einstein later wrote that the spirit of learning and creative thought were lost in strict rote learning.
5. Einstein applied directly to the Eidgenössische Polytechnische Schule (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. Lacking the requisite Matura certificate, he took an entrance examination, which he failed.

6. Albert Einstein was once offered the presidency of Israel. He declined saying he had no head for problems.

7. When Albert Einstein died, his final words are unknown. The nurse that took care of him heard him saying few words, but did not understand German!!

8. After Albert died, the pathologist of Princeton Hospital, Thomas Stoltz Harvey, without the permission of his family, removed Einstein's brain for preservation, , in hope that the neuroscience of the future would be able to discover what made Einstein so intelligent!!

So there you have it. I can't believe this guy had math problems in his earlier life. Amazing how powerful he became later... anyway,, I hope you enjoyed it. Cheers from Ireland!