The pattern collector

The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences outgrows its creator

By Julie Rehmeyer, 09:46 AM August 6, 2010

When Neil Sloane was a young man, he started collecting objects he found beautiful. A common enough preoccupation perhaps, except for the particular objects Sloane chose: number sequences.

He has classical sequences that have captivated mathematicians for millennia, like 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13…, the prime numbers

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