Yes yes, first let me apologize to my readers that I have not written in the last 2-3 weeks. Well it's examination time here at my end with kids writing their IB, IGCSE and SAT exams, so I was totally submerged in it as well.
Now, what could be the occasion this time around coming up to write a piece? well you guessed it right dear friends, its my Happy Happy Birthday coming up this Wednesday i.e. 22nd of May. Now well, can you guess one more thing, yes what could be my age. Here are some hints, a) I am a 2-digit prime number. b) I can be written as the sum of 2 perfect squares. c) I am the only two digit number in base 10 whose product, when multiplied by two, subtracted by one, and then read backwards, equals the original two digit number. Now that should have kept your brain exercise for a little while and voila! for those who got it right the MAGIC NUMBER, yours truly is turning this week is 37.
2 science facts about the number 37, a) 37 is the atomic number for Rubidium(now I know where my continuous state of reactivity comes from) and b) 37 deg C is the normal body temperature in the human body.
Some other known facts about 37 a) +37 was the international dialing code of the German Democratic Republic (aka East Germany). Today the +37 prefix is shared by Lithuania (+370), Latvia (+371),Estonia (+372), Moldova (+373), Armenia (+374), Belarus (+375), Andorra (+376), Monaco (+377), San Marino (+378) and Vatican City (+379). b) Incidentally 37 is also the number most people state when asked to give a random number between 0 and 100. Thank you Wikipedia for all the findings.
Freebies for you: Since it is after all my birthday, here are some pages you might want to visit:
a) It's my birthday, as well: A very well written article by Steven Strogatz showing you the chances(Probability for you #math language experts) that two of you can share the same birthday.
You can read it here: It's my Birthday too.
b) How to celebrate your birthday with Math: An excellent #Math based article superbly written by my cousin Bon (aka @mathfour on twitter).
You can find her piece here: Birthday Math
c) Exactly... how old are you??? An excellent page showing exactly how many years/months/weeks/days/hours/minutes/seconds have you lived so far:
You can find this beauty here: Seriously, what's your age?
That sums up my birthday special dear friends, hope you enjoyed it. As always I would love a lot of comments if possible 37 at least ;) they could be of any of the types mentioned below: