“How many divisors does a natural number have?”by James Cann in chalkdust magazine

“How many divisors does a natural number have?”by James Cann in chalkdust magazine

“It might seem odd that a great mathematician was troubled by a quantity whose description amounts to a good grasp of ‘times tables’ – still odder that he was confessing to a distinguished contemporary that the damned thing had caused him grief.”

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"The mathematician's patterns, like the painter's or the poet's, must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. " G H Hardy, A Mathematician's Apology (London 1941).

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