Here's an interesting tidbit of trivia: When Srinivasa
Ramanujan, the great Indian mathematician, was ill with tuberculosis in
a London hospital, his colleague G. H. Hardy went to visit him. Hardy, trying
to initiate onversation, said to Ramanujan, "I came here in taxi-cab number
1729. That number seems dull to me which I hope isn't a bad omen."
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