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    Could anyone please tell me all relevance mathematically to this number?
    I have 66 tied to it also.


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    It's the discriminant both of the polynomial x<sup>2</sup>-22 and of the real quadratic field obtained by adjoining a root of this polynomial to the rationals.


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    Quote Originally Posted by serpicojr
    It's the discriminant both of the polynomial x<sup>2</sup>-22 and of the real quadratic field obtained by adjoining a root of this polynomial to the rationals.
    What does that mean?
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    You asked the question - you must have had some idea of the answer. Otherwise don't be surprised if you get teased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarist
    You asked the question - you must have had some idea of the answer. Otherwise don't be surprised if you get teased.
    I didn't. Your probably wondering why I chose 88mph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svwillmer
    I didn't.
    Didn't what? Ask the question? But you did!
    Your probably wondering why I chose 88mph.
    But you never mentioned "mph". Is that, like, miles per hour, or something?

    So what is your question really?
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    Every relevance to that number, be it prime, base, square roots, everything. I need to know as much about the number 88 as possible.
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    Well if it's backward or upside down, it's still the same number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svwillmer
    Quote Originally Posted by serpicojr
    It's the discriminant both of the polynomial x<sup>2</sup>-22 and of the real quadratic field obtained by adjoining a root of this polynomial to the rationals.
    What does that mean?
    In general, the discriminant of a polynomial is the square of the product of the differences between the distinct roots of said polynomial (the square making the quantity independent of which order you subtract things). For quadratic polynomials:

    ax^2 + bx + c

    this quantity is b^2-4ac. This should be easy to show using the quadratic formula, and you may have even seen this quantity called discriminant before.

    Now... what is the discriminant of a number field? Well, how much abstract algebra do you know?
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    When I was eleven I used to watch an American TV detective program called 77 Sunset Strip. 77 and 11 are 88.

    Does that help? :wink:
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    Oh God... 88 mph... Back to the Future... Time travel.
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    I could tell you about the Pythagorean view on this number, but it might not be mathematically relevant, at least in the way that you might like.
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    And can you, in any case, separate the mathematical and social implications of a number? I always feel queasy when I see it, thanks to groups like Combat 88, closely related to the reasons behind/for Combat 18 (but this time for "Heil" thingname-spit-thooey ! ).
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    Thanks for the help everyone. Lets just hope I remember the plutonium
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