The Corpus Christi Prime

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This number is a prime, with 2688 digits. It also looks rather a lot like Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The top left corner encodes my initials, JRH, in ASCII. The bottom right corner is my date of birth.

I was inspired by Numberphile’s most recent video, which demonstrates a prime number of 1350 digits, which looks like the coat of arms of Trinity Hall College, Cambridge.

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Beauty in Mathematics: Modular Multiplication Tables

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I’ve thought about number theory an awful lot recently, in preparation for the beginning of term, when I’ll be taking a 24 lecture course on it. So when I woke up this morning with a very strong desire to create something beautiful, it seemed natural to try to work with some of the number theoretic ideas I’ve been exploring.

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The Purpose of This Blog

I often seem to find myself at a loss of things to do, but with a strong desire to create something. Often, I have scratched this itch by writing music, but more and more I am drawn towards writing prose. I love the ideal of one day writing a novel, or a piece of non-fiction, but fear that setting myself this goal from the outset would be a fools errand. So Im starting a bit smaller.

In addition, I am just about to embark on my third year of Maths at Cambridge University. The third year is an interesting one, because for most people it is the year that they graduate. However, for a select few who are very interested in maths, it is their penultimate year – they move on to “Part III”, a Master’s programme in Mathematics that (I am told) is world renowned. I havent yet decided whether I want to embark on Part III yet, but whether I do or I dont, I will have to work hard this year. I am hoping that this blog will provide me with some level of accountability which will spur me on.

It doesnt matter to me very much to me if this blog only has a single reader or a million. I will be pouring my soul into every post either way.