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Playing with Ruth-Aaron Pairs

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: On April 8, 1974, Henry (Hank) Aaron hit his 715th major league home run, surpassing the previous mark of 714 career home runs long held by baseball great Babe Ruth. Understandably, the event received considerable coverage in newspapers and magazines and on television. However, those reports invariably overlooked the mathematical aspects of that achievement, particularly the curious properties of the two numbers 714 and 715. It took the efforts of mathematicians Carol Nelson, David E. Penney, and Carl Pomerance at the University of Georgia to call attention to this facet.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games, Articles
Math Topics: Sequences and Sets

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