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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Math

Do you consider yourself a math geek? Do you think you know all about Math? Don’t be so sure. Check out our new infographic and prepare to be surprised!


  1. Pythagoras’ followers used little rocks to represent numbers.
    Hence the name of Calculus was born which means pebbles in Greek.
  2. Googol is the term used for a number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
    The term was coined in 1938 by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner.
  3. The word “hundred” derives from the old Norse word “hundrath”. It meant not 100 but 120.
  4. The number 5 is pronounced as ‘Ha’ in the Thai language. 555 is also used by some as slang for ‘HaHaHa’.
  5. Zero is the only number which can not be represented by Roman numerals. The number “zero” derives from the Arabic word “sifr” which also gave us the English word “cipher” meaning “a secret way of writing”.
  6. In 1995 in Taipei, citizens were allowed to remove “4” from street numbers because it sounded like “death” in Chinese.
  7. An anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; for example, “me asthmatic” can be rearranged into “mathematics”. 
  8. How many students are in your class? If there are 50 people taking the same class at the same time, there is a strong probability you share a birthday with one of your classmates.
  9. Did you know that among all planar shapes with the same perimeter the circle has the largest area, but the shortest perimeter? Seems a little bit confusing, huh?
  10. Or…very confusing – “Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.” – Bertrand Russell.

Nevertheless, we love Math, hope you do too.
P.S. You can always rely on us if you don’t 😉

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