Today is a rather special day in the Western calendar: the day on which we needn’t remember whether the dating convention is day-month-year, or month-day-year, or year-month-day. Today we write them in any order we wish, and all is well.
To celebrate, I list a few interesting properties of the number 8. It is:
- the smallest number of the form , where is prime.
- the sixth Fibonacci number.
- the number of bits in a byte.
- the number of furlongs in a mile.
- the number of known Stern Primes.
- the number of legs on arachnids.
- the number of distinct gluons mediating the strong nuclear force.
- according to some, the number of planets in our solar system.
- in medieval cosmology, the number of celestial spheres between us and the Primum Mobile.
- the atomic number of oxygen.
- the maximum number of electrons in the L shell of an atom.
- the number of Beatitudes.
- the number of notes in an octave.
- the number of maids-a-milking given by my true love.
(Thanks to Wikipedia for some of these.)