Interpretation of “My Number” by Billy Collins
Billy Collins’ poem, “My Number” combines the use of personification and imagery to illustrate the uneasy feeling of uncertainty in regard to Death and its imminence. The persona is waiting in constant fear for Death’s arrival, as he is clearly not ready for Death to find him.

Collins uses personification in the first stanza when he writes the following: Is Death…
reaching for a widow in Cincinnati
or breathing down the neck of a lost hiker
in British Columbia? (1-4)

Death is able to move about from place to place, and the persona wonders how far Death is from his own house. Death is given the ability to “reach” (2) and “breathe” (3), which are human actions. This gives the first allusion to the Grim Reaper, as that is the best known image of Death, personified.

The second stanza also personifies Death as he “tampers” (6), “scatters” (7), and “loosens” (8). Death is wreaking havoc wherever he goes. He messes with brakes, gives people cancer, and terrorizes roller coasters (5-8). The persona ponders the ways Death could use to do his dirty work.

The third stanza is where one senses the true fear of the persona. His main concern is if Death is “too busy...../ to bother with [his] hidden cottage/ that visitors find so hard to find.” (5, 9-10) He is hoping Death has too much to do to bother with searching for this well-hidden house in the middle of nowhere.

In the fourth stanza, the poem takes a turn when the poet combines the personification of Death with the imagery of Death. The persona imagines Death at the end of his driveway, stepping out of a hearse with his black cloak on, hood up, and scythe in hand (11-15). This is a second, more obvious allusion to the Grim Reaper; however, this time Death is at his own door.

The final stanza begins with a question of uncomfortable humor that the persona would regularly need to ask his visitors, since his house is so hard to find. Collins writes, “Did you...

...didn’t know they were using it. The Romans used Roman Numerals and noticed math. So they know how to use it. That is where numbers got their name.
In Babylon and Egypt, the people first started using theoretical tools and numbering systems. The Egyptians used a decadic numbering system, which is based on the number 10 and still in use today. They also introduced characters used to describe the numbers 10 and 100, making it easier to describe larger numbers. Geometry started to receive great attention and served in surveying land, cities and streets. The Babylonians discovered the Pythagorean theorem. They understood it before Pythagoras was even born. The Babylonians also found out the approximate value of r^2. In India, Aryabhata calculated the number p to its fourth decimal point, managed to correctly forecast eclipses and, when solving astronomical problems, used sinusoidal functions.
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...should be named as A3Q2.c, etc. Make a folder, name it as (For e.g. 11K-2122_Sec(A)), place the source files for all the problems in this folder. The compressed folder should be submitted to slate. The program should be properly commented. Add your name and roll number at the beginning of each program, in comments. Plagiarism: Any sort of plagiarism is not allowed. If found plagiarized it will be graded 0 marks. __________________________________________________________________________________________
Q.1: Write a program that lets the user perform arithmetic operations on two numbers (integers). Your
program must be menu driven, allowing the user to select the operation (+, -, *, or /) and input the numbers. Furthermore, your program must consist of following functions: A) Function showChoice: This function shows the options to the user and explains how to enter data. B) Function add: This function accepts two numbers (integers) as arguments and returns sum. C) Function subtract: This function accepts two numbers (integers) as arguments and returns their difference. D) Function multiply: This function accepts two numbers (integers) as arguments and returns product. E) Function divide: This function accepts two numbers (integers) as arguments and returns quotient (double).
Q2: Write a program to take a depth (in kilometers) inside the earth as input data; compute and...

...Mrs. J. Buenaflor
English 101C- WB
10/04/12
Uncontrollable Numbers
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Seeyle also surprises readers with a thought that odd numbers are more believable then...

... 3 is a number, numeral, and glyph. It is the natural number following 2 and preceding 4.
In mathematics
Three is approximately π when doing rapid engineering guesses or estimates. The same is true if one wants a rough-and-ready estimate of e, which is actually approximately 2.71828.
Three is the first odd prime number, and the second smallest prime. It is both the first Fermat prime and the first Mersenne prime, the onlynumber that is both, as well as the first lucky prime. However, it is the second Sophie Germain prime, the second Mersenne prime exponent, the second factorial prime, the second Lucas prime, the second Stern prime.
Three is the first unique prime due to the properties of its reciprocal.
Three is the aliquot sum of 4.
Three is the third Heegner number.
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...Semester, 2009
History of Philosophy
PLTL 1111 AA
THE DIVINITY OF NUMBER:
The Importance of Number in the Philosophy of Pythagoras
by
Br. Paul Phuoc Trong Chu, SDB
Pythagoras and his followers, the Pythagoreans, were profoundly fascinated with numbers. In this paper, I will show that the heart of Pythagoras’ philosophy centers on numbers. As true to the spirit of Pythagoras, I will demonstrate this in seven ways. One, the principle of reality is mathematics and its essence is numbers. Two, odd and even numbers signify the finite and infinite. Three, perfect numbers correspond with virtues. Four, the generation of numbers leads to an understanding of the One, the Divinity. Five, the tetractys is important for understanding reality. Six, the ratio of numbers in the tetractys governs musical harmony. Seven, the laws of harmony explain workings of the material world.
The Pythagoreans “believed that [the principles of mathematics] are the principles of all things that are”. Further, “number is the first of these principles”.[1] “’The numerals of Pythagoras,’ says Porphyry, who lived about 300 A. D., ‘were hieroglyphic symbols, by means whereof he explained all ideas concerning the nature of things…’”[2] In modern time, we can see clearly the application of mathematical principles in our daily lives. For...

...BINARY NUMBER SYSTEM
Definition
The binary number system is relatively simple because it only uses two digits, 0 and 1. Therefore, it has a numerical base of 2. In order to count further than 1, we simply start back at 0 and add to the number on the left.
Decimal
Binary
0
0000
1
0001
2
0010
3
0011
4
0100
5
0101
6
0110
7
0111
8
1000
9
1001
The powers of 2 are used to convert binary numbers into decimal numbers. This will be explained in further sections.
Application
The binary number system is also called the language of computers. They are very important in the field of electrical engineering and computer sciences. The binary digits are used to operate transistors which can be found in most electrical devices. The 0 digit means that there is no current flowing, while the 1 digit means that there is a flow of current. Using this, it can turn on and off various signals in order to control the computer or electrical device.
Operations
Addition
Binary addition is very much like decimal addition. It has only two digits, making it much easier to work with. The possible combinations and answers are listed on the table.
Addend 1
Addend 2
Sum
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
1
1
1 with a carry of 1
Subtraction
Since subtraction is merely the opposite of addition, the rules to be followed closely resemble each other. The rules of subtraction are...

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