Euclid: Book IX, Prop. 36

First posted: January 28, 2007
Last modified: January 29, 2007

Jumping off from The Book of Numbers by Conway and Guy, we explore a proposition of Euclid's, that the Mth triangular number, the Ms being the Mersennes (as we call them today), is also a Perfect Number.

The purpose of this clip is to demonstrate how Python might form a useful hybrid with various math topics, providing cross-training in two disciplines: mathematics and computer science. This is an approach I've long recommended, based on field experience as well as intuitive factors.

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