The mathematician Godfrey Harold Hardy tells a story about a time he went to visit the stupefyingly talented mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

During their conversation, Hardy happened to mention to Ramanujan that he had ridden over in taxi number 1729.

Hardy then went on to comment that he didn't find 1729 to be a particularly interesting number (these are mathematicians we are talking about, after all).

Ramanujan replied, "Oh, but 1729 is a very interesting number. It is the smallest number that can be expressed as the sum of two cubes in two different ways."


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Sun Jan 7 2001 at 02:10 utc

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How They Were Made - 18th Century

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