Math Cartoon to ponder:  All that for 6?  What good is 6?

On March 30, the second column in this series appeared, Thinking Philosophically, and containing a conjecture. Here now, find a proof of the claim. And we begin to consider what mathematics is, via a look at what numbers are – actually, the simplest kind of numbers, first. I introduce the astonishing Archimedes to help me explain.

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