Friday, August 05, 2005

Henry (Hank) Aaron, PhD

Baseball seems to keep track of more stats than any sport around. Ivars Peterson's piece this week is interesting if you're into baseball stats. He talks about the numerical significance of Hank Aaron's legendary 715 home runs over Babe Ruth's 714.

"Going back to 714 and 715, there�s still more. Note that 714 + 715 = 1429. Notice anything about 1429? It�s a backwards-forwards-sideways prime, which means that 1429, 9241, 1249, 9421, 4129, 4219 are all prime numbers. What about 1492? That was the year that Columbus stumbled upon America." (Peterson, 2005)


Peterson, I. (2005). Playing with Ruth-Aaron Pairs. Science News Online, 168,(6).

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