Taxi Quotes (4 quotes)
Replying to G. H. Hardys suggestion that the number of a taxi (1729) was dull: No, it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as a sum of two cubes in two different ways, the two ways being 1³ + 12³ and 9³ + 10³.
Get into any taxi and tell the driver you are a mathematician and the response is predictable you will hear the immortal words: I was never any good at mathematics. My response is: I was never any good at being a taxi driver so I went into mathematics.
I remember once going to see him when he was lying ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. No, he replied, it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways.
Will we ever again be able to view a public object with civic dignity, unencumbered by commercial messages? Must city buses be fully painted as movable ads, lampposts smothered, taxis festooned, even seats in concert halls sold one by one to donors and embellished in perpetuity with their names on silver plaques?