The Secret Life of Numbers

The Secret Life of Numbers is esoteric website that visually demonstrates the popularity of numbers between 0 and 100,000, based on the frequency that each number appears in the databases of popular search engines.

For example, the numbers 212, 911, 1040, and 1776 appear more frequently because they refer, respectively, to a New York City telephone area code, an emergency services telephone number, the Internal Revenue Service personal tax form, and a year associated with the American Revolution.

The frequency of each number’s entry in search engines reflects not only our culture, but possibly our cognitive preferences, especially for the numbers 1-10, and powers of 10 (i.e. 100;, 1,000; 10,000).

Dave’s Opinion
I’ve long been intrigued by numbers, both as a reflection of my interest in history (ex. 1066, 1776, 1865, 1945) and my desire to amend my poor showing in college calculus. I assume that we all have emotional scars that we seek to heal, and my skill–or lack of–at mathematics is one is one of mine.

This site may pique your interest or it may bore you. Either way, I think you’ll agree that in either case, numbers are intriguing for many.

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The Secret Life of Numbers


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