“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” –Beyoncé
As human beings, we may be far from perfect. Even our mathematical celebrations, like Pi Day, are mere approximations. But there are a few mathematical quantities out there that really are perfect. And today, June 28th, I’d like to share with you a celebration we should all be able to partake in: perfect number day!
Most numbers are deficient, in the sense that if you added up all their divisors (other than themselves), you get a number less than the original one you began with. A few of them — about 24.8% of the countable numbers — wind up being abundant, or with a number greater than the original one you began with.
But a select few of them — with only 48 known so far — are perfect. Go read the whole story of them here!