[seqfan] Re: wanted application of OEIS for man-in-street

Alonso Del Arte alonso.delarte at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 04:04:51 CEST 2010

The best I can think of is that the OEIS is perhaps the most accessible math
resource on the Web. If we agree that innumeracy is as much of a problem as
illiteracy, the OEIS has a better chance of helping the average innumerate
person than some library book filled with Greek letters and scary-sounding


On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 9:32 PM, N. J. A. Sloane <njas at research.att.com>wrote:

> Someone I know is planning an article about the OEIS
> for a main-stream magazine. But the editor said, Huh? This
> is just lists of numbers, right? What's the big deal?
> Does anyone have an argument why the man-in-the-street
> should care about the OEIS?
> [I once got a letter from someone in Attica prison,
> who said he had an infallible scheme for
> winning at horse race track betting. He wanted help.
> He said he told the scheme to his cell-mate, but the
> cell-mate was released. I am afraid I did not reply.]
> Neil
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