Did you know that some numbers are happier than others? If you’re a math person, you probably did. If you’re not and, like me, you’re passed the point of ever becoming a numbers genius, I’ll do my best to explain.
Happy numbers are numbers that if you add their square roots together and continue to add the answers you can end up with 1. Here’s an example, sadly, from a fun mathematics page for children (transum.org):
This week I’m turning thirty-two and I’m not so happy about it. While trying to find things to cheer me up, I found this stuff on happy numbers because 32 is the ninth happy number (just after 31). I realize that “happy” is being used as a mathematical term here and is by no means a classification of authentic happiness, but I still thought it was pretty cool. I may no longer be thirty-one, but I’m still a happy number, and that’s a nice thought to keep in mind as my birthday rolls around.
Then I noticed that there are no more happy numbers in the thirties – the next is 44! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.