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\title{Mathematical and Non Mathematical Properties of 17}
\author{Vincent Lefèvre \\[1mm] \texttt{vincent@vinc17.net}}
\date{October 3, 2000 (revised on December 7, 2011)}
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You can find the last version of this file on the Web; open the URL: \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://www.vinc17.org/yp17\_eng.html}}
for the English version, and \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://www.vinc17.org/yp17\_fra.html}}
for the French version.
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Thanks to C.~Abi~Nader, B.~Allombert, P.~Arnaud, S.~Blondeel, A.~Cohen,
S.~Desrosiers, D.~Devie, J.-C.~Dubacq, N.D.~Elkies, R.~Fischer, D.~Garmann,
D.~Kelly, R.~Krementz, J.-N.~Lafargue, E.~Lebeau, S.~Legendre, D.~Loeb,
P.~Meyer, F.~Mougenez, B.~Perry, A.~Pimlott, E.~Rauch, T.~Reynolds,
N.~Schabanel, S.~Smollett, E.~Souche,
F.~Vass, M.~J.~Zerger (cf his article about the number~17: The ``Number
of Mathematics'', \emph{Journal of Recreational Mathematics}, Vol.~25(3),
pp.~178--180, 1993), the tourist bureau of Chatou (France), and to my family,
who have contributed to the elaboration, the correction or/and the spreading
of this list.
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\section{17 in the History}
The cave of Lascaux, painted 17,000~years ago, was discovered by Marcel
David, 17~years old.
One of the earliest mentioning of the number~17 was by the Egyptians. The
Rhind papyrus from 1700BC contained the following
$$2/17 = 1/2 + 1/51 + 1/68$$
(which is FALSE! This is the only error in list of expansions of fractions
of the form $2/n$ into sums of unit or Egyptian fractions.)
The mummy of King Tutankhamen was wrapped in 17~sheets.
The Parthenon is 17~columns long.
The Chinese had a bureaucratic constitution with 17~articles.
The Alhambra, a beautiful Moorish palace which inspired Escher, is composed
of 17~kinds of mosaics (in fact, all of the possible ones).
Henri~IV celebrated his wedding a second time on December~17, 1600, in
Cathedral Saint-Jean in Lyon. His wife Marie de Médicis arrived with about
5000 Italians in 17~galleys.
% Corrected on 2007-04-15.
Queen Anne of Great Britain had 17~children who died before their second
birthday. Her only son to survive infancy died at the age of 11.
% Sources:
% https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_of_Great_Britain
% http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A394391
Nostradamus's quatrain 5,92: \\[1mm]
\hskip 2cm Après le siège tenu dix-sept ans, \\
\hskip 2cm Cinq changeront en tel révolu terme: \\
\hskip 2cm Puis sera l'un esleu de mesme temps, \\
\hskip 2cm Qui des Romains ne sera trop conforme. \\[1mm]
(cf \texttt{http://www.infobahnos.com/\~{}ledash/johnpaul.html\#}).
Shakespeare wrote 17~comedies (in the 17th century). Hamlet reigned for
17~years.
Beethoven wrote 17 string quartets. The first of Händel's Water Music took
place on July~17, 1717 (the yellow pigs day!). Domenico Zipoli sailed for
South-America in 1717 and landed in July 1717. Gossec wrote a symphony in
17~parts. Titchenko wrote a concerto for cello and 17~wind instruments.
Senfl wrote a mass in 17~parts (given on October~2, 1994 at the Festival
d'Ambronay). Mendelssohn's op.\ 54: 17~variations for piano. Bach had an
orchester with 17~musicians during the Weimar period, when he wrote the
concerto for two violins BWV\,1043 (\emph{France-Musique}, \emph{Bach et
l'Europe}, December~10, 1995). In 1895, St-Saens had 17~volumes of Rameau's
work published (\emph{Radio Classique}, December~13, 1995, 15:30). With one
of his fiancées, Alessandro Scarlatti had 17~children including Domenico
(\emph{France-Musique}, January~26, 1996); Marin Marais had 17~children
(\emph{France-Musique}, \emph{L'éveil des muses}, February~3, 1996). In
1575, Byrd and Tallis published the ``Cantiones Sacrae'', dedicated to
the Queen: 17~motets by Byrd and 17 by Tallis (from an article in
\texttt{rec.music.early}, September~5, 1996). Telemann wrote 17~operas.
Fermat had been working as an agent for 17~years. Then he became a councillor
at the Parliament of Toulouse, where he had been working for 17~years.
Gauss (born in 1777) constructed the famous 17-gon at the age of~18, having
probably thought about it from the age of~17.
There is a famous passage in Plato's Theaetetus in which it is stated that
Theodorus (Plato's teacher) proved the irrationality of
$$\sqrt{3},\ \sqrt{5},\ \ldots,$$
`taking all the separate cases up to the root of 17 square feet, at which
point, for some reason, he stopped'. But we don't know the exact meaning of
the Greek word $\mu\epsilon\chi\rho\iota$, translated as `up to' by Heath:
either `up to but not including' or `up to and including'. (\emph{An
Introduction to the Theory of Numbers}, Hardy/Wright, section~4.5, pp~42-44)
Marconi used 17~patents of Tesla's (cf \emph{ST~Magazine}~75, p~54).
The French revolution took place in 1789 ($8 + 9 = 17$).
In Chatou (78400, France), a street is called \emph{rue des dix-sept}
(i.e.\ street of the seventeens). The extension of \emph{rue de Sahüne} was
given this name in December 1880. In 1878, the town council considered that
property Fauchat was suitable to be a future town hall. But the heirs refused
to sell the house separately, and the town council didn't want to (or
couldn't) buy the whole domain. Mayor Bousson engaged its fellow citizens
to form a civil company to buy all of it. This company was constituted by
17~people. It gave the town the house and some land while it sold the surplus
by lots, making a profit given to the town. The names and the photos of these
17 are displayed on a board in the town hall. These are Mr.\ Albin, Barbier,
Bardon, Baudry, Blin, Bousson, Coulon, Déjardin, Dijon, Ducellier, Huser,
Lambert, Laubeuf, Marais, Sandel, Sarazin and Yvon. Source: tourist bureau of
Chatou.
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\section{Symbols and Religion}
\subsection{Bible}
The number~17 is used 13~times in the Bible: Genesis 7:11, 8:4, 37:2, 47:28;
1~Kings 14:21, 22:52; 2~Kings 13:1, 16:1; 1~Chronicles 24:15, 25:24;
2~Chronicles 12:13; Jeremiah 32:9; Judith 1:13. The word ``seventeen'' is
used 17~times; the four additional references are: Judges 8:14; 1~Chronicles
7:11; Ezra 2:39; Nehemiah 7:42.
The 17th book is the shortest. Someone has spent 17~years looking for the
exact middle point of the Bible. It is the psalm~117 which is the shortest.
The longest one is the psalm~119 (divisible by~17).
$2^2 + 3^2 + 5^2 + 7^2 + 11^2 + 13^2 + 17^2 = 666$ (number of the Beast).
The Flood started on the 17th. Noah's Ark landed on the Mount Ararat
(alt.\ 17,000~feet) on the 17th.
\subsection{Miscellaneous}
In \emph{Au bonheur des mots}, by Claude Gagnière, ed.\ Robert Laffont,
p~206:
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The Italians fear the 17's, because 17 is written XVII in Roman numerals,
which is the anagram of VIXI, which means ``I lived'', i.e.\ ``I am dead''.
In Italy, buildings do not have a 17th floor, hotels do not have a room~17,
and Alitalia planes do not have a seat~17 [neither do Air Inter planes and
British Airways Concordes]. When Renault marketed its R17 and wanted to
export it to Italy, it had to be renamed ``Renault 177''. Napoleon Bonaparte,
who was more Italian than French in his education, refused to give the signal
for his coup on ``vendredi 17 brumaire'' and postponed it until the following
day.
\end{quotation}
In \emph{Dictionnaire des symboles}, ed.\ Robert Laffont / Jupiter (1982),
p~360:
\begin{quotation}
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This number, as well as 72 (the two being related: 17 being $9 + 8$, 72 being
$9 \times 8$) presents a high symbolical importance.
In the Islamic tradition, 17 is the number of \textsl{rak'a} (liturgical
gestures), part of the five daily prayers. 17 is also the number of words in
the call to the prayer. In the Muslim folklore, the symbolical number 17
appears in legends mainly, particularly in the 17~pieces of advice muttered
at the king's ear during his crowning and in the 17~parts of the standard
(M.~Mokri, \emph{Les secrets de Hamza}).
It is mainly in the Chi'ism (and, because of its influence, in the Turkish
epico-religious literature in Anatolia) that a quasi-magical importance is
given to the number~17\ldots\ From the ancient times, the Chi'ist mystics had
venerated the number~17; this veneration has its origins in the ancient
Pythagorean speculations lying on the letters in the Greek alphabet\ldots\ 17
represented the number of those who would rise from the dead and each one of
those people was to receive one of the 17~letters of the alphabet, making up
the highest name of God, which is certainly related to the blade of the Star,
arcanum~17 in the Tarot game whose symbolism evokes mutation, rebirth, and
which Dr~Allendy considers to be \emph{Karmic Liberation} (\textsc{alln},
364). Moreover, according to \emph{The Book of the Balance} by Gâbir ibn
Hayyân, an alchemist and a soufi, \emph{the shape} (\textsl{sura}) of every
thing in the world is 17; 17 is the very \emph{basis} of the theory of the
Balance and must be regarded as the \emph{canon of the equilibrium} of every
thing.
The number~17 has a particular importance in the tradition of the trade
guilds which acknowledge 17 journey men initiated by Alî, 17~patrons of those
who founded the muslim guilds initiated by Selmân-i Fârsî, and 17 main guilds
(\textsc{meln}, 455~s.).
To the ancient Greeks, 17 represents the number of consonants in the
alphabet, with 9 silent consonants and 8 semi-vowels or semi-consonants.
These numbers were also tightly linked with musical theory and the harmony
of the spheres.
We previously wrote that 17 was $9 + 8$ and 72 was $9 \times 8$; furthermore
when adding the digits of these numbers, we get 8 for 17, and 9 for 72. The
$9:8$ ratio is endlessly recurrent in the ancient Greeks' arithmological
speculations, whether in grammar, music (the $9:8$ ratio being represented
by the middle strings of the lyre), metric theory or cosmology.
This number may have been regarded as ill-fated in Roman Ancient Times
because its figures XVII are the same as VIXI, meaning ``I lived''.
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\section{Today's 17's (20th century)}
\subsection{Computing and Video Games}
\subsubsection{HP48}
On the version~D of the HP48SX, 17~bugs have been found (cf William
C.\ Wickes' file on hpcvra.CV.HP.COM).
In the 3rd issue of the French review \emph{Haute Performance}, the example
chosen for the challenge (page~10) is divisible by~17 (it is 2754), and the
program ran for 0.102~second (divisible by~17) for this example. In the 6th
issue, page~5 (rubric \emph{programmes divers}, title \emph{Le recordman}),
it is written that an adherent has sent a 17-page letter!
On the HP48SX (in \emph{radian} mode), 17 is the least positive integer $n$
such that
$$\mbox{INV}(\mbox{INV}(\sin n)) = \sin n, \quad
\mbox{INV}(\mbox{INV}(\cos n)) = \cos n, \quad \textrm{and} \quad
\mbox{INV}(\mbox{INV}(\tan n)) = \tan n.$$
\subsubsection{Atari}
In the 36th issue of the French review \emph{Atari Magazine}, at the page~17
of the detachable insert, 14 file names end with~17!
In a file \texttt{A\_LIRE} of the software \emph{Le Rédacteur~4} for the
Atari, an example of hour is given (on line~438): 17h~17'~18''; in fact,
since on the Atari computers the number of seconds is always even, it can be
17h~17'~17'' as well. In the database \emph{AZthèque}, each form contains
17~fields of free definition, and each of the fields contains 17~subrubrics.
In the assembler \emph{Assemble} on the Falcon, the k-factor used by the
internal conversion into \emph{packed} is 17 by default (cf French user
manual, p~26). There are 17~kinds of optimization (cf French user manual,
p~59).
In the French software \emph{Compte-Chèque} on the Atari, the date can be
modified. The example given in the user manual (page~55) is July~17, 1987
(I discovered this on November~17, 1993).
On the Atari~ST, just after the computer has been switched on, 17~files at
the maximum can be simultaneously displayed in the desk windows, in text
display.
The joypad controller of the Jaguar has 17~buttons.
The Falcon~030 operating system supports 17~countries (cf \emph{The Atari
Compendium}, p~3.5): USA, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy,
Sweden, Switzerland (French), Switzerland (German), Turkey, Finland, Norway,
Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary.
About the \emph{Moon Speeder} game on the Falcon, in \emph{ST~Magazine}~90:
``You are Damon Schumberger, the world champion of gliders, and for the
first time since the terrible accident of March~2117, which killed 17 of
the 23~pilots of the championship and left you paralyzed for life in your
chair\ldots''.
\subsubsection{Acorn}
On \emph{The RISC Disc} volume~1 CD-ROM for the Acorn Risc\,PC, there are
17 Photo~CD images.
From the help of \emph{Black~Hole~2}: ``Mode~12 sprites should be around
$34 \times 17$ pixels. Mode~20 sprites should be around $34 \times 34$''.
According to RISC~OS \emph{style guide}, large icons (for the files) must
be 68~OS~units high (i.e.\ 34 pixels in high resolution), and small icons
must be 34~OS~units high (i.e.\ 17 pixels in high resolution).
Under RISC~OS, the system calls are done with the assembly instruction
\texttt{SWI} followed by a 24-bit number. The bit~17 of this number, called
bit~X, is very particular: it has an influence on the error handling (it is
the only bit the programmer must know the meaning).
With the \emph{VoiceMail} software (answerphone system), one can record over
17~hours of messages if there are 100\,MB of free disk space (cf manual,
p~2).
By default, 17~files are displayed in the \emph{filer} windows, in \emph{full
info} display.
\subsubsection{Processors}
For the processor 68030 in a \emph{Ceramic Surface Mount} case, 17~pins are
attributed to GND.
A square meter of silicon (chip) costs 17,000\,FF (cf \emph{ST~Magazine}~75,
p~18).
The ARM6 (the Risc\,PC, Newton, and 3DO processor) has 17~registers
(accessible in User mode): 16~general registers (including the PC and the SP)
and the status register.
C.~Liem, P.~Paulin, M.~Cornero and A.~Jerraya's article \emph{Industrial
Experience Using Rule-driven Retargetable Code Generation for Multimedia
Applications} (8th International Symposium on System Synthesis, in Cannes,
France, September~13--15, 1995) deals with a VLIW chip that has a 68~bit wide
instruction. Thus this instruction is written with 17 hexadecimal digits.
\subsubsection{Computer Arithmetic}
\begin{verbatim}
From moler@mathworks.com (Cleve Moler)
Newsgroups: sci.math.num-analysis,comp.arch
Subject: Status of a Hard/Software Pentium FDIV Workaround
Date: 5 Dec 1994 06:19:06 -0500
[...]
For example, the denominator in Coe's now famous ratio
4195835/3145727
is
3145727 = 3*2^20-1 = 23.99999237060547*2^17
In this case, n = 23 and f = 1-2^(-17). The 17 consecutive high
order ones in f make this example an instance of worst-case error.
[...]
\end{verbatim}
\medskip
There are 17 significant decimal digits for the type \texttt{double} in~C.
During summer 1996, a lot of computations were performed on about a hundred
machines to search for, in particular, all the machine numbers $x$ in double
precision between $1/2$ and $1$ ($2^{52}$~cases) such that $\exp x$ has the
following form: the first 54 bits can have any value and the following
49~bits are identical. In total, 17~numbers were found.
\subsubsection{Unix}
From the \texttt{man} of \texttt{rn}:
\begin{verbatim}
On the newsgroup selection level, the prompt looks like this:
******** 17 unread articles in talk.blurfl|read now? [ynq]
At the pager level (within an article), the prompt looks
like this:
|MORE|(17%)
\end{verbatim}
\medskip
In \emph{zsh}, \texttt{history} builtin will, by default, only show you the
last 17 commands, regardless of actual history size (cf \emph{zsh} man and
FAQ).
\subsubsection{Internet}
The list of the mailing-lists is posted to \texttt{news.lists} and
\texttt{news.answers} in 17~postings (to limit the size of each article).
I discovered this by searching \emph{seventeen} in the list of the FAQs on
November~9, 1995.
\medskip
Read in \texttt{rec.arts.tv}:
\begin{verbatim}
I can't believe this. I post ONE reply, and somehow, it gets posted
SEVENTEEN TIMES!!! For all of you who had to waste time finding out all
seventeen replies were the same one, I'm sorry. I have no idea what AOL
did to make my ONE reply post SEVENTEEN times!!!
\end{verbatim}
A list of 17~cybercafés in France is given in \emph{Télérama}~2394,
November~29, 1995, page~96: Agde: \emph{Internet'Thé}; Besançon: \emph{Le
Web}; Bordeaux: \emph{Cyberstation}; Courbevoie-la~Défense: \emph{Extrapole};
Grenoble: \emph{Le Cyberforum}; Lyon: \emph{Connectik Café}; Marseille:
\emph{Cyb.Estami.Net}; Nice: \emph{La Douche-Internet Couleur Café}; Paris:
\emph{UGC WorldNet Café}, \emph{Café Orbita}, \emph{Le Web Bar}, \emph{Net
Coffee}, \emph{Virgin Mégastore}, \emph{Bistrot Internet}, \emph{ZOWEZO},
\emph{High Tech Café}; Strasbourg: \emph{Best Coffee Shop}.
\medskip
Read in \texttt{fr.network.internet}:
\begin{verbatim}
Si vous étiez dérangez dix-sept fois par jour dans votre boulot par
des gens qui vous téléphonent directement pour vous demander des
produits de votre boite, alors que ce n'est pas votre boulot, vous
finiriez par avoir ce genre d'énervement :-(
\end{verbatim}
(Translation: \emph{If you were disturbed 17~times a day during your work by
people who directly phone you to ask you for products of your firm, whereas
it isn't your job, you'll end up getting worked up.})
The addresses of \emph{Internet au bout des doigts} are grouped under
17~categories: références et ressources; culture; littérature; publications;
médias électroniques; éducation; pour les petits et les plus grands;
tourisme; francophonie; science; sports; les arts gourmands; les
inclassables; Internet, informatique et multimédia; les Libertels;
utilitaires; des petits extra\ldots\ à télécharger. Cf \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://www.neomedia.com/iabdd/adresses/adresse.htm}}
In the \emph{Webs d'Or} printemps-été 1996, there were more than
17,000~votes.
On \texttt{http://www.mygale.org/09/arobase/arobase/aloe0012.htm}, @robase
selected 17 good plans to have a free e-mail address.
\subsubsection{Miscellaneous}
If piracy ended, 17,000~jobs could be created in Europe (cf
\emph{ST~Magazine}~75, p~14).
From \emph{Constructing Minimal Broadcast Networks}, N.~Ossipova's analysis
(D.E.A.\ Informatique): In the large class of minimum broadcast networks
(MBN), one can find graphs that also realize a lower bound $B(n)$ over the
number of edges. Unfortunately, recognizing them is a NP-complete problem;
there is no method to construct MBG for any $n$. The $B(n)$ values are only
known for $n = 2^k$ and $n \leq 17$. Cf A.M.~Farley, S.T.~Hedetniemi,
S.~Mitchell, A.~Proskurowski (79), \emph{Minimum Broadcast Graphs}, Discrete
Mathematics, 25, pp~189-193, and S.L.~Mitchell, S.T.~Hedetniemi (80),
\emph{A Census of Minimum Broadcast Graphs}, J.~Comb., Inf.\ \&\ Syst.\ Sci.,
9, pp~119-129.
\medskip
\begin{verbatim}
Newsgroups: comp.sys.acorn
From: J.Herbert1@student.lut.ac.uk
Subject: Re: StrongARM and MultiProcessor Implementations
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 1995 21:19:36 GMT
[...]
Yeah but brain cells are incredibly slow. Image recognition in the human
brain goes through a singular path of only 17 neurons however it has to
branch through a few million to actually do any work quickly.
[...]
\end{verbatim}
\medskip
17 is described at MIT as ``the least random number'' (cf GNU Jargon File).
In the GNU Jargon File: ``I've been chasing that bug for 17~hours now and
I am thoroughly gronked!'', ``If you impose a limit of 17~items in a list,
everyone will know it is a random number --- on the other hand, a limit of 15
or 16 suggests some deep reason (involving 0- or 1-based indexing in binary)
and you will get less \{flamage\} for it.'', ``By extension, the corruption
resulting from N~cascaded fandangoes on core is `Nth-level damage'. There is
at least one case on record in which 17~hours of \{grovel\}ling with `adb'
actually dug up the underlying bug behind an instance of seventh-level
damage! The hacker who accomplished this near-superhuman feat was presented
with an award by his fellows.''.
\medskip
From the \TeX/\LaTeX\ FAQ:
\begin{verbatim}
If you are looking, for instance, for the answer to question 17, and wish
to skip everything else, you can search ahead for the regular expression
``^17)''.
\end{verbatim}
\medskip
\emph{Team~17}'s FAQ (\texttt{http://www.team17.com/T17/T17FAQ.html}) is
composed of 17~questions. From this FAQ: In early 1988, Martyn Brown founded
the \emph{17Bit Public Domain library} for Atari~ST and Amiga computers. The
name came from the fact that the machines were using 16-bit technology and
the library aimed to be ``That bit better'' thus the name \emph{17Bit} was
formed. \emph{Team~17} was a development team formed from \emph{17Bit}
contacts.
A software patent protects the software for 17~years. Cf \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://web.mit.edu:1962/tiserve.mit.edu/9000/24581.html}}
There are 17~questions in the ASCII Art FAQ.
The DVD, that will replace the CD-ROM, can store up to 17\,GB (\emph{SVM},
January 1997, page~86).
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\subsection{Math}
The number~17 appeared twice in the 5th French Championship of the
Mathematical and Logical Games (Championnat de France des Jeux Mathématiques
et Logiques): the solution to the 3rd exercise of the heats was~17; and in
the 2nd exercise of the 2nd day of the finals, the 17th card was asked.
In the 9th exercise of the 7th International French Championship of the
Mathematical and Logical Games (Championnat International de France des Jeux
Mathématiques et Logiques), the answer was 289 (there are 17~rows of
17~cabbages).
At the finals of the 8th International French Championship of the
Mathematical and Logical Games (Championnat International de France des Jeux
Mathématiques et Logiques), second session, in the 2nd exercise: there are
17~animals in Belbosse zoo.
At the finals of the 9th International French Championship of the
Mathematical and Logical Games (Championnat International de France des Jeux
Mathématiques et Logiques):
\begin{itemize}
\item First session: 4th exercise: there have been 17 phone rings during the
day. 5th exercise: the answer is 17. 12th exercise: the answer is
$(2^3+1)(2^4+1) = 9 \times 17 = 153$.
\item Second session: the question of the 2nd exercise is: ``What is the 17th
number in this list?''
\end{itemize}
The first issues of the French review \emph{Jouer Jeux Mathématiques} costed
17~francs. In the 3rd issue (page~16), the solution to the problem ``Records
à battre'', which had been set in the 2nd issue (page~17), is given; the
answer is~17. The answer to the problem ``Aventure en Nouvelle-France'' of
the 6th issue is~17.
In the 11th issue of \emph{Jouer Jeux Mathématiques}, there is, concerning
the first question of the competition: a poplar grove has 289~poplars
($17 \times 17$)\ldots\ (see the rubric ``open problems'', page~17,~\ldots).
The most chosen numbers (between 1 and 100) at the second tiebreaker are 17
and 23 (4~times). Among the 12~winners, the most chosen number is 17 (twice).
In each issue of \emph{Jouer Jeux Mathématiques}, properties of a number are
given: rubric ``la Vie des Nombres''. In the 17th issue, the chosen number is
$289 = 17^2$. In the 8th issue, the chosen number is 512 and it is written:
``On the circle graduated into 360~points, 512 is [\ldots] at $3/8$ round
from 17, a number rich in curiosity.''
At the French Mathematical Summer University in 1991, there were always
17~students. At the French Mathematical Summer University organized by the
FFJM in 1992, there were 17~teachers, assistants and personalities.
In the French review \emph{Math \& malices}, readers can send the answers to
the set problems, which allows them to win points. Each time these points
reach a multiple of~17, the reader receives a pin.
The best factor table is D.N.~Lehmer's one: \emph{Factor Table for the first
ten millions}, which gives the smallest factor of all the numbers which are
not divisible by 2, 3, 5 or 7, till 10,017,000. $(2^{148}+1) / 17$ is the
largest prime number found without a computer; it has been found by Ferrier
in 1951. (\emph{An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers}, Hardy/Wright,
p~10 and p~22)
In M.~Kac and S.M.~Ulam's book \emph{Mathematics and Logic} (French title:
\emph{Mathématiques et Logique}), the first chapter is composed of
17~sections (it is the only chapter having more than one section).
Banach used to hold meetings of math problems in a café. Ulam said that one
of them had lasted 17~hours. (\emph{Quadrature}~14, p~2)
The first \emph{Quadrature} where there is an advertisement for the French
Mathematical Summer University is the 17th~issue.
Here are two problems from a French math book (seconde 1993-94):
\begin{itemize}
\item Determine the name of a bird [in French], knowing that this name has
5~letters, and that if each letter has a value equal to its rank in the
alphabet, the sum of the first 2 letters is equal to~17, the sum of the next
2 letters is equal to~17, the excess of the sum of the last 2 letters over
the sum of the first 3 letters is equal to~17, and the product of the 2nd
letter by its complement to~17 is equal to the $12/5$ of the product of the
3rd letter by its complement to~17 [Answer: \emph{hibou} (owl)]. [Note: for
\emph{hirondelle} (swallow), the sum of the first 2 letters is equal to~17,
the sum of the next 4 letters is equal to~51 ($= 3 \cdot 17$), the sum of
the next 2 letters is equal to~17, and the sum of the last 2 letters is
equal to~17.]
\item Two cyclists are riding on a circular track, at constant speeds. The
track is 170 meters long. When they're riding in opposite directions, they
meet every 10~seconds. When they're riding in the same direction, the one
overtakes the other every 170~seconds. What are their respective speeds?
\end{itemize}
Problem of the 17~camels: a sheik has 3~children and owns 17~camels. His
will stipulates that the eldest is to receive half his property, the second
son is to receive the third of his property, and the third one is to receive
the ninth of his property. On his death, how would you share out? Solution:
borrow a camel, share out, and give back a camel
($\frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{9} = \frac{17}{18}$).
Well-known and interesting problem: $x$ and $y$ are integers between 2 and
100. Stef knows $S = x + y$, and Pat knows $P = xy$, but they do not know $x$
and $y$. ``I can't calculate them'' Pat says, ``I knew'' Stef says, ``So I
know these two numbers'' Pat says, ``In this case, so do I'' Stef concludes.
Solution: $S = 17 = 13 + 4$.
From an article from Chris Caldwell (\texttt{caldwell@unix1.utm.edu}) posted
to the \texttt{sci.math} newsgroup: 17~primes of the form $n!+1$ are known.
The corresponding values are: 1, 2, 3, 11, 27, 37, 41, 73, 77, 116, 154, 320,
340, 399, 427, 872 and 1477. There is no other for $n < 4580$.
\medskip
Seen in \texttt{rec.puzzles}:
\begin{verbatim}
> Quick! Pick a number between 12 and 5. Got it? Now page down...
>
> The number you picked was 7 right?
>
> Freaky?
Actually, I picked 17. I guess I'm not very good at following
instructions. Or maybe it was those eggs I had for breakfast.
\end{verbatim}
On May~1, 1996, the least number for which the \emph{Non-Dominating Queens
Problem} has not been completely solved yet is $N = 17$ (on May~1, 1996, I
saw the file \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://www.bigfoot.com/\~{}velucchi/papers.html}}
for the first time).
In the 19th issue of the French review \emph{Quadrature}, there is a problem
which consists in finding all the solutions of the equation $n^2 + 100 = q^3$
where $n$ and $q$ are integers. I proved that there are only 3~solutions,
corresponding to $q = 5$, $q = 10$ and $q = 34$; amongst these solutions, the
only prime divisor of $q$ prime to $10 = \sqrt{100}$ is $17$.
The symbol for what might be called the most celebrated constant in
mathematics is the 17th letter of the original Greek alphabet, $\pi$. The
original alphabet contained three letters which are now obsolete, one of
which was \emph{digamma}, the sixth letter.
Another small puzzle: four boys want to cross a bridge, which will be
destroyed in 17~minutes. The boys respectively need 2, 3, 5, 6 minutes to
cross the bridge. The bridge is very old, so only two boys can simultaneously
cross it. It is night, and they need a light; so it is necessary that two
boys cross the bridge, then one comes back with the light and so on\ldots
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Science}
Pluto is the only planet out of the ecliptic plane. Its orbit is inclined
of $17$°. The last mission to the Moon was on Apollo~17 in 1972 ($17 \times
116$). The period of revolution of Callisto, discovered in the 17th century
by Galileo, around Jupiter is 17~days.
\texttt{http://microgravity.msad.hq.nasa.gov/aIntro/spaceflight.html}: one
would have to travel more than 17~times farther than the moon to reduce
Earth's gravitational pull to one millionth of that at Earth's surface.
On June~20, 1996, Columbia starts its longest mission. The scheduled duration
--- 17~days --- will be a record for a shuttle as long as the amount of fuel
allows to reach such a duration. For the first time, a microscopic TV camera
filmed the astronauts tying to their seats. Then they could be observed for
the eight and a half minutes (i.e.\ 17~half-minutes) for which the shuttle
reached its orbit at an altitude of about 400~km. Source: \emph{Reuters
French News}.
The universe is around $10^{17}$~seconds old.
The first collision of Supernovae that could be observed occurred 17 million
light-years from the Earth (source: \emph{France~2}, teletext, June~11,
1997).
In the South hemisphere, there are 17~species of penguins (cf \emph{Géo},
July 1995). Their divorce rate is~17\%. After eating, a penguin has an
average weight of 17~kg (source: a scientific film).
The periodical cicada has a juvenile stage of either 13~years or 17~years. It
is conjectured that the reason that these insects have a juvenile stage of a
prime number of years is that it makes it difficult for their predators to
\emph{lock onto} their life cycle and decimate them every time they emerge as
adults, e.g.\ a predator with a life cycle of 4~years might pose problems for
them if they had a juvenile stage of 16~years.
There are 17~muscles in the tongue.
A mygale eats a spearhead [French word: \emph{fer de lance}] (the most
dangerous snake in South-America) in 17~hours (cf \emph{Télérama}~2432,
August~21, 1996, p~61).
From an article posted to several newsgroups: \emph{Also the arguments of
Glashow and Lederman: True, the standard Model does explain a very great
deal. Nevertheless it is not yet a proper theory, principally because it
does not satisfy the physicists naive faith in elegance and simplicity.
It involves some 17 allegedly fundamental particles and the same number
of arbitrary and tunable parameters,~\ldots}
The element selenium [Se], whose atomic number is 34 ($17 \times 2$) was
discovered by Jons Berzelius in 1817 ($1+8+1+7 = 17$).
In Antarctica, 17~countries have installed scientific research stations.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Art, Culture}
\subsubsection{Literature}
The Japanese poetry Haiku contains 17~syllables.
Paul Auster's first book was rejected 17~times (cf an interview on
\emph{France-Inter}, on October~13, 1993; \emph{Télérama}~2396, December~13,
1995, p~46). The editing of the film \emph{Brooklyn Boogie} lasted 17~months
(cf \emph{Télérama}~2396, p~48).
The town library in Lyon has 17~floors, that contain 1,700,000 documents.
Cf \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://www.asi.fr/bm/collect.htm}}
\subsubsection{Music, Dance}
Hölder's scale is composed of 17~notes.
There are 17~academies of music in Paris (districts 1 to 4 are grouped in
one establishment).
Jean-Michel Damase wrote \emph{17 variations pour quintette à vent}.
Oliviers Dejours created a version of Bach's \emph{Art de la Fugue} for the
Concert Impromptu implicating 17 wind instruments.
Here is a description by Lincoln Kirstein of how the
famous double diamond opening formation for George Balanchine's ballet
\emph{Serenade} (his signature piece, probably the most popular ballet
he ever created, and the first he ever choreographed in his chosen home
America) came to pass. ``Balanchine commenced by lining up as many girl
students as chanced to be in his class\ldots\ On that day they were
seventeen. These he placed in military order according to height\ldots'':
\begin{verbatim}
x x
x x x x
x x x x x
x x x x
x x
\end{verbatim}
This first day of staging was March~14, 1934 (03/14/34).
\subsubsection{Films, TV}
Television series \emph{The Prisoner} created by Patrick McGoohan consists
of 17 one-hour episodes.
In the film \emph{An American in Paris}, Gene Kelly dances for 17~minutes
(cf \emph{Télérama}~2405, February~14, 1996, p~24).
Michel Sumpf's film \emph{Le Géographe manuel} was shot by 17 different
cameramen (cf \emph{Télérama}~2429, July~31, 1996, p~20).
\subsubsection{Miscellaneous}
Voyage~n°17 is an interactive work by Jean-Marie Dallet, which has been
presented at Artifices~3 (contemporary art and new technologies) in
particular.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Media}
In August 1991, in the French broadcast \emph{La nuit des étoiles filantes},
someone phoned to say that his grandson had seen 17 shooting stars.
In 1991, the French radio \emph{Radio Classique} could be heard in 17~towns
(cf \emph{Télérama}, November~6, 1991, p~164).
In the French television broadcast \emph{Arthur, émission impossible}, there
was a rubric named ``17~se\-condes de plaisir'', where a barebreasted girl
danced for 17~seconds (cf \emph{Télérama}~2239, p~76).
294,219 ($= 17 \cdot 17,307$) advertisements were broadcasted in 1991 by the
French channels, which took up 1,702~hours (cf \emph{Télérama}~2247, p~22).
A French advertisement for Toyota says: ``When it is $50$° in the shade, in
places where there is no shade, a dromedary can stay up to 17~days without
drinking, and lose 30\% of its weight without having trouble.''
On September~8, 1994, in the 8~o'clock news, on the French first channel:
in the report on the birth rate, the first family from Burkina Faso had
17~children; in the report on Formula One, the article from the regulation
which had been shown was the article~17.
On \emph{France-info Toulouse}, on Saturday June~10, 1995: ``The \emph{Herald
Tribune} sets up in Toulouse: the famous American newspaper will be published
here from June~13 [\ldots] it will be distributed in 17~departments of the
large South-West, and also in Spain. [\ldots] the \emph{Herald Tribune} wants
to strengthen its position of the first international daily in France.''
\emph{Euronews} was created by 17 European state TVs.
The game \emph{Questions pour un champion} is broadcasted in 17~countries
(cf \emph{Télérama}~2388 p~96).
In an advertisement for Lattoflex bedding: 17~days at $-17$\%, from
October~1 to October~17, 1995.
A magazine for young girls is called \emph{Seventeen}.
On \emph{Arte}, in SECAM, the teletext pages are broadcasted every
17~seconds in average (cf \emph{Arte}, teletext, page~106). On \emph{Arte},
until November~17, 1996, the broadcast of all the teletext pages required
26~seconds, from now it only requires 8~seconds (page~113).
A new French radio station, \emph{Le Mouv'}, started broadcasting on June~17,
1997. In the morning on \emph{France-Inter}, it was said that the radio was
to start broadcasting at 17\,h~17\,m~17\,s. The radio will first broadcast
in 17~towns: Agen, Alençon, Angoulême, Bourgoin-Jallieu, Chalon sur Saône,
Chartres, Chatellerault, Evreux, Gap, Mende, Montélimar, Moulins, Niort,
Poitiers, Villeneuve sur Lot, Le Puy, Toulouse. Toulouse was the first
transmitter to be activated; its frequency is 95.2\,MHz (divisible by 17).
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Politics, Justice}
The Treaty of Maastricht contains 17~protocols, divided into 289~sections.
The inhabitants of a village near Luchon (in France) chose to vote
unanimously for; they were~17.
All 117 involved countries signed the GATT on December~15, 1993 (17~days
before January~1, 1994).
In Touvier's trial, the jurors had to answer 17~questions.
The European Commission has 17~members.
In the \emph{Figaro Magazine} of December~30, 1994, there is an article
``1994: the Political Year in 17~Drawings'' (Calvi's drawings).
In an article from the French newspaper \emph{Le Canard enchaîné} of
March~22, 1995, about the OM-VA affair: ``Mellick, on March~17 (17, the
fatal day!), after his ex-parliamentary attachée's evidence, denying she
was with him at Tapie's on June~17, 1993, in a trance, declaring\ldots''
The current Portuguese government has 17~ministers.
During the Péchiney's privatization in 1995, 17~millions actions were to be
sold at the price of 187\,FF ($= 17 \times 11$).
The French CNIL (commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés) has
17~members (law 78-17 on January~6, 1978, article~8).
On August~26, 1997, \emph{Amnesty International} published a report according
to which there are 17 sentences to death per day in China.
On April~17, 1997, Brigitte Bardot delivered a racist sentence, which was
examined by the 17th criminal court of Paris.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Army}
Pearl Harbor was attacked by 17 Japanese squadrons. When the USS Arizona
sunk, 1177~members of its crew died, and 334 survived.
% http://ussarizonafacts.org/attack.htm
The first atomic bomb, prepared by 1700~people, was dropped onto Hiroshima
17~seconds late (\emph{France~2} news on August~6, 1995, at 8~pm).
Gandhi was assassinated on January~30, 1948, at 17:17.
On November~17, 1972 ($1972 = 17 \times 116$), General Peron went back to
Argentina, after a 17-year exile.
Parallel~17 divided North and South Vietnam. Cf \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://www.nova.edu/Inter-Links/fun/puzzles/language}}
The Lebanon war lasted 17~years: 1975-1992.
In 1993, 4~French tourists had been detained hostage by Kurds in Turkey for
17~days. On January~25, 1996, 17~French tourists have been abducted by a
tribe in Yemen.
Jean Hatzfeld was 17~times on a drip (cf his book \emph{L'air de la guerre},
p~147).
There were 17 injured people in the bomb attack on August~17, 1995, at 17,
in Paris. There was another bomb attack on October~17: anniversary of the
slaughter of Algerian demonstrators in 1961 ($34 = 2 \times 17$ years ago),
cf \emph{Infomatin}.
17,000 children have been killed in Bosnia from 1992 to 1995. In average
17~people were killed each day in Sarajevo during the war
(\emph{France-Inter}, December~14, 1995, ``Le Téléphone Sonne'').
The I.R.A.\ bomb attack in London early in February 1996 took place after a
17-month ceasefire.
On February~11, 1996, 17~people (finally 18) were killed in a bomb attack in
Algeria. 17~communal guards were killed on July~10, 1996 in Algeria; the
communal guard, about 17,000 men, was created to support the security forces
in the fight against the Islamists (source: \emph{France~2}, teletext,
July~12, 1996).
On September~4, 1996, the USA launched 17~missiles against Iraq.
In the U.S.A., there are 17 treating plants put in charge of reducing the
nuclear warheads. At the climax of the Cold War, it was estimated that each
camp could kill the whole opposing population 17~times with their nuclear
weapons. Source: documentary \emph{Le démantèlement des armes nucléaires}
on the French channel \emph{Planète}.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Events}
17~people died following the Furiani disaster.
The football worldcup 1994 started on June~17, and ended on July~17.
The matches of the football worldcup 1998 will be broadcasted thanks to
17~cameras (source: \emph{La Dépêche du Midi}, September~24, 1997).
The parade of \emph{L'Armada de la Liberté} from Rouen to Le~Havre (France)
took place on July~17, 1994.
Each year the \emph{Tour de France} goes through \emph{les 17 tournants}
(vallée de Chevreuse).
In 1995 there are 17 Grands Prix (they usually are 16): Brazil, Argentina,
San Marino, Spain, Monaco, Canada, France, England, Germany, Hungary,
Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Europe, Pacific, Japan, Australia.
At the competition Song Eurovision 1995, the ranked-17 country (Russia) had
17~points (at most one country can have its rank equal to its number of
points).
In the semifinal of \emph{Trophée Campus} in 1995, Fribourg's team had
17~competitors for the final puzzle, realized in 68~seconds (multiple of~17).
The XIIIth Music Festival of the Vieux Lyon started on November~17, 1995 and
lasted 17~days.
17~hostages were killed during the Olympic Games in 1972.
The Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 lasted 17~days: from 7/19 to 8/4 (217th
day of the year). 197~countries were represented by 10700 athletes. The long
jump board reaches the 17-meter domain, though some jumps exceed 18~meters.
The bomb attack in the center occured at 1:17. The paralympic games consisted
of 17~sports: archery, athletics, basketball, boccia, cycling, equestrian,
fencing, football, goalball, judo, lawn bowls, powerlifting, shooting,
swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball.
On September~10, 1996, former liner \emph{France} (the biggest and the
fastest liner in the world when it was launched), renamed \emph{Norway} in
1979, returned for the first time to Le~Havre, which it left 17~years before.
Carl Lewis, regarded as the athlete of the century, had 17 gold medals:
9 in the Olympic Games, 8 times world champion.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{News Items}
The only American cannibal spent 17~years in prison.
In 1992, a madman who had killed 17~people and kept their remains in his
apartment was discovered at Milwaukee.
J.-L.~Etienne's expedition on the Erebus had 17~people.
In Waddesdon Manor, a Renaissance-style château built by Baron Ferdinand de
Rothschild, 17~rooms were restored (cf \emph{Time}, April~25, 1994).
On \emph{France-Info} on August~19, 1995 (in the morning): ``Terrible flood
in Morocco, there are dozens of casualties. According to the French
consulate, a group of 17~Frenchmen arrived safe and sound yesterday at the
consulate, in Marrakech, but we haven't heard from two groups of Frenchmen,
among them a group of 17~young men.''
In the \emph{Figaro}, August~26, 1995: a worker got almost unharmed out of a
fall from the 17th floor.
Seen in Canada NewsWire [translated from French]: \emph{TORONTO, January~2 --
In 1996, all the vehicles imported to Canada will have to have an identifying
number (NIV) exclusive to each vehicle allowing to distinguish it from the
other vehicles in the world. This requirement is current since the early 80's
within the context of road safety, in the U.S.A. and in Canada. Most of
current vehicles have an alphanumeric number consisting of 17~digits; for
those who don't have it, it will be more difficult to enter Canada.}
Seen in Canada NewsWire [translated from French]: \emph{JAKARTA, January~17
-- Seventeen companies from Ontario belonging to the commercial mission
\emph{Equipe Canada} have concluded new agreements today within the context
of a signature ceremony in Indonesia.}
Two of the most important earthquakes in 1994 and 1995 occured on January~17:
on January~17, 1994 in California (Los Angeles), and on January~17, 1995 in
Japan (Kobe). In the two cases, the latitude was $34$° ($= 2 \times 17$), and
the longitudes were $-118$° and $135$° respectively ($-118 + 135 = 17$).
\emph{France~2}, teletext, on July~17, 1996: it took 17~years to a British
woman to realize that her husband actually was a woman, who used ``an
artificial penis''.
Sunday August~18, 1996: Metro Police detectives nabbed a man and his
girlfriend and charged them with 17~counts of robbery. This same man, in
1986, was a Brinks truck driver, and at that time stole 17~sacks of money
from the truck.
\emph{France~2}, teletext, on November~17, 1996: Istanbul: 17~people killed
in a fire; bomb attack in Daguestan: 17~people killed.
\emph{France~2}, teletext, on March~31, 1997: On Sunday March~30, 1997,
a jumbo from British Airways flew from New-York to London with only one
passenger on board, a 33-year-old businessman. The 17 stewards who usually
take care of the 426 passengers that the plane can take were entirely devoted
to him. The flight had been late because of a power failure and all the other
passengers had preferred to take another plane not to be late.
\emph{France~2}, teletext, on June~13, 1997: A 17-meter high fairground
roundabout was stolen in the Netherlands\ldots
\emph{France~2}, teletext, on September~13, 1997: A 36-year-old British
successfully underwent an operation consisting in removing her head from
her spinal column then putting it back to correct its orientation. Bridget
Fudgelle was suffering from a bone deformation that compelled her to
permanently keep her head bended down and turned to the left. The operation
lasted 17~hours, after which the surgeon put the head back by fixing it with
a metallic plate and two screws.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Records}
The world record of sitting in ketchup is 17~hours.
The Rhone floods in October 1993 have been the 3rd of this importance for
153~years (153: sum of the first 17 positive integers).
On January~8, 1994, the French TGV spent 17~hours to go from Paris to Nice!
Chicago hit a new record low on January~18, 1994, of $-17$\,F.
Jeanne Calment, the France's oldest citizen, celebrated her 119th ($= 7
\times 17$) birthday on February~21, 1994; she has outlived 17~presidents.
In 1987, Hideaki Tomoyori recited 40,000 digits of $\pi$ in 17~hours.
The bridge \emph{Vasco da Gama} in Portugal, the most important of Europe,
is 17-km long.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Other Subjects}
There were 17 failed attempts of the crossing of the Atlantic by balloon,
before the Spirit of St-Louis succeeded.
In India, 17~languages are spoken.
In France, you have to dial 17 to call the police. The \emph{yellow} pages
of the phone book are consulted 17~billions times a year. There are 17~towns
in the world with more phone numbers than inhabitants.
Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopedia has 17~volumes with texts.
Larousse encyclopedia has 17~volumes.
Planet Hollywood (the new Hard Rock Café in New-York) is open 17~hours a day
(10h-3h). A meal costs \$17 on average.
A survey shows that 17-year-old American boys think about sex every
17~seconds on average.
17-year-old girls possess (on the average) 17 square feet of skin.
A ton of recycled paper allows to save 17~trees.
In the lycée Pierre de Fermat at Toulouse, the new chemistry room contains
17~work posts (parts of tables).
The entrance examination for France's Ecole Polytechnique 1992 was composed
of 17~questions.
There are 17~methods of strangulation (cf P.~Salvadori's film \emph{Cible
émouvante}).
In the game of \emph{Diplomacy}, there are 34 supply centers. In a 2-way
draw they must be split 17-17.
In France, in the highway code test, there is a test called ``perfo test'',
which consists in punching a card. On the first side of this card, there are
17~questions.
The word \emph{humuhumunukunukuapua} (state fish of Hawaii) does not have
any vowel other than ``u'' until its 17th~letter.
A champagne flute holds 17~cl.
The Tower Bridge in London can hold 17~tons.
17 is the smallest number (non-negative integer) that is written in French
as a compound word: \emph{dix-sept}.
There are 17~boarding gates at Toulouse-Blagnac airport.
The White House is on the 17th street in Washington.
In a laundrette in La Panne (first Belgian town on the coastline after the
France-Belgium frontier), there are 17 washing machines (June~13, 1995).
\medskip
\parbox{13cm}{
From a postcard:
\vskip 3mm
\hfill \fbox{\parbox{12cm}{\vskip 2mm
\centerline{Seventeen reasons to live in the Midwest:}
\begin{enumerate}
\item pot roast every Sunday
\item best pesticide commercials in the country
\item free and available parking
\item wholesome, unjaded youth
\item more Catholics than you can shake a stick at
\item freedom from fear of falling off the edge of the continent
\item access to little-known fine beers such as Schaeffer, Hudepohl and Stag
\item dynamite homegrown
\item birthplace and still best place for jazz
\item no typhoons
\item the people are mostly good eggs
\item no big hills to climb so better gas mileage
\item greater chance of seeing UFOs
\item quaint native customs -- tractor pulling, flag waving and cow tipping
\item basketball is at least as important as football
\item lots of silos and barns for pastoral landscape painters
\item home of Bunny Bread -- ``That's what ah said\ldots''
\end{enumerate}
}} \hfill
} \vskip 3mm
The Invalides have 17~yards.
There are 17 round trip TGVs a day between Paris and Bordeaux, they take
177~minutes (cf an SNCF advertisement in September 1995).
The French word \emph{chauvin} comes from Chauvin, a very patriotic soldier
of Napoleon's, who was injured 17~times. In fact, it is only a legend.
In the FAQ \emph{Bookstores in Western North American Cities}
(\texttt{rec.arts.books}): \emph{And elsewhere in Washington: [\ldots]
Old London Bookstore (111 Central Ave, Bellingham, 360-733-7273). A
seventeen-room historical mansion in the dead center of town. Entire rooms
on everything you can imagine, SF, mysteries, philosophy, archeology, ``the
classics'', you name it. Every room in the house except the bathroom is
floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall used hardcover books. There are chairs and
lamps scattered about for customers to use to do a little reading, and the
owners frequently serve finger foods and tea/coffee. The store is also the
owner's home (you have to walk around the bed to view the shelves of books
in the bedroom) so it isn't just a walk-in type place. Someone is home most
times, but you'll need to call ahead to make sure it's okay to come by.
You've got to see this place to believe it.}
Brigham Young, the successor of the Mormons founder, had 17~wives (and
56~children). Cf \emph{Le Figaro}, November~18, 1995.
There are 17 power stations in France (cf \emph{France-Inter}, December 4 or
5, 1995).
There are 17,000 post offices in France (cf Livret~A, 1989).
In the 3rd issue of the magazine \emph{Ouverture} (December 1995) published
by the Association des clients de la Banque Populaire Toulouse-Pyrénées, the
recipe of the club \emph{le Rendez-vous des Gourmets}: Take 17~members living
in or near Toulouse\ldots
The \emph{WonderWine} (Canadian powdered wine) costs \$17 (\emph{Nulle part
ailleurs}, on January~2, 1996).
In Ireland, there is a Bed and Breakfast called \emph{Seventeen}. Its
address is: 17 Sea Road, Galway, Ireland. Cf \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://www.galway-guide.com/pages/seventeen}}
About 17,000 billion francs are exchanged each day on the monetary markets
(according to an article posted to \texttt{fr.soc.divers} on March~13, 1996).
There are 17~cinemas in Lyon, suburbs not included (cf \emph{Lyon Poche}):
\emph{Ambiance}, \emph{Astoria-UGC}, \emph{Ciface Bellecombe}, \emph{Cifa
St~Denis}, \emph{Le cinéma}, \emph{Cinéma Opéra}, \emph{CNP Bellecour},
\emph{CNP Odéon}, \emph{CNP Terreaux}, \emph{Com\oe dia-UGC}, \emph{Fourmi
Lafayette}, \emph{Institut Lumière}, \emph{Les 8~NEF}, \emph{Cinéjournal},
\emph{Pathé}, \emph{U.G.C.\ Part-Dieu~2}, \emph{U.G.C.\ Part-Dieu~4}.
Disneyland opened on July~17, 1955 (1955: divisible by~17).
In Lebanon, there are 17 legally recognized religions: 5 Islamic groups, 11
Christian groups (4~Orthodox, 6~Catholic, 1~Protestant) and 1 Judaic group.
The roof of the terminal building of the Denver International Airport (DIA)
is formed into 34~peaks (17 on each side) to represent Colorado's majestic
Rocky Mountains. The DIA occupies 34,000 acres and serves 17~airlines. Cf \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://infodenver.denver.co.us/\~{}aviation/diaintro.html}}
In Spain there are 17 autonomous regions.
\emph{France~2}, teletext, on September~15, 1996: DHL wish they establish on
Strasbourg-Entzheim airport; this would create 1,700~jobs and 17~flights per
night are scheduled.
In the game of go, the maximum number of handicap pieces for the black side
is 17 (cf gnu go).
On September~27, 1996, at the question ``Pouvez-vous citer quelques films
de chevet?'' of a poll in the newsgroup \texttt{fr.rec.cinema.discussion},
someone answers in 17~lines and writes ``voila, 17~lignes, record à battre
:-)''.
\medskip
From an article posted to the newsgroups \texttt{fr.soc.divers} and
\texttt{fr.soc.politique} on October~1, 1996 (translated from French):
\begin{verbatim}
>>I propose that teachers do 40 h/week for classes
>>from 12 to 17 pupils max for their pupils' good.
>>And you?
>They'll prefer 17h with 40 pupils to 40h with 17 pupils!
>Aren't mad!
I rather believe that they prefer 17h with 17 pupils...
\end{verbatim}
\medskip
The 17th letter~Q occurs with frequency $.17$\% in English.
From the French magazine \emph{Figaro Madame}, June~1, 1996: \emph{The
Village is a very smart camping site. A real private club with 17~tents
(50\,m$^2$) and terraces. For two years, they have been made of wood: they
have been called the ``chalets''. It is more intimate. 17~companies have
their summer quarters there. The same ones since 1980, except chalet Rado
Watch, which has replaced Seiko's for three years\ldots}
In Loto7, one can win 17\,FF, 177\,FF, 1777\,FF, etc\ldots
The shop at the 17 rue Etienne Marcel in Paris is called \emph{le~17}.
In \texttt{rec.puzzles} archives (trivia): \\
Q: What is alive, green, lives all over the world, and has seventeen legs? \\
A: Grass. I lied about the legs.
In the heart of the Monterey Peninsula, California, there is a scenic tour
called the 17-Mile Drive.
\begin{quotation}
No other stretch of land offers the natural wonder and solace of 17-Mile
Drive at Pebble Beach.
The magnificent scenic tour hugs the dramatic Pebble Beach coastline and
delves deep into the 5,000-acre Del Monte Forest.
You'll marvel at The Lone Cypress, Seal and Bird Rocks, Fanshell Beach, Point
Joe and Carmel Bay. You will be inspired by the natural wonders as you travel
this showcase of glorious sights set against the rolling surf and nestled
amid protective canopies of cypress.
Along the way, you'll encounter the emerald fairways of such famous golf
courses as The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and the world-renowned
Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Tranquil gatherings of gentle deer, frolicking sealife and enterprising
birds will entertain you. You'll see black cormorants, brown pelicans,
California sea otters and lazy sea lions in their natural habitat.
Colorful wildflowers dot the scene, adorning the cool, soothing hues of the
seashore and dunescape.
This spectacular natural setting is enhanced by manmade beauty that includes
two lovely hotels, many fine restaurants, the only Ansel Adams Gallery
outside Yosemite Park and unique retail shops.
You'll satisfy all your desires as you dine at our seven fabulous
restaurants. Or stop by The Pebble Beach Market, where you'll enjoy
a gourmet lunch on the lawn.
Then browse through The Lodge retail promenade with over 11 shops or walk
down to the legendary 18th green of Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Visit scenic perfection today on Pebble Beach's 17-Mile Drive.
\end{quotation}
The big lounge of the city hall of Lyon has 17~chandeliers.
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\section{Literature, Films, \ldots}
\subsection{Literature}
In Homer's \emph{Odyssey}, Ulysses travelled to Pheacia for 17~days
(canto~V, verse~278; canto~VII, verse~267).
By the end of Barjavel's book \emph{Ravage}, François and Blanche have
17~children.
In Arthur~C.~Clarke's \emph{Rama~II}, the scientific team had their first
incident after 17~days (chapter~3). There are 17~restaurants in the shopping
mall of the DTC.
In Agatha Christie's book \emph{The Man in the Brown Suit}: the heroine had
87~pounds and 17~shillings left (chapter~2); on the paper the heroine had
picked up, it was written ``17.122 Kilmorden Castle'' (chapter~3). The
Kilmorden-Castle left on January~17, 1922 (chapter~7). The heroine and two
other passengers quarrelled to have the cabin~17 (chapter~9).
In Bernard Clavel's book \emph{Harricana} (first volume of the saga \emph{Le
Royaume du Nord}): The Robillards settle in the far North, on a railway
building site. They plan to open a shop and the first train is to bring them
their first delivery: 17~boxes (chapter~32).
One of the characters of Gene Wolfe's book \emph{The Book of the New Sun,
Shadow of the Torturer} is called Cadroe of the Seventeen Stones.
In Jean-Marie Laclavetine's book \emph{Demain la veille}, Hélène had
17~babies (cf page~67, éd.\ Gallimard).
Here are two references from Georges Perec's \emph{Cantatrix Sopranica~L.}:
\begin{itemize}
\item Lai, A.\ \& Chou, O.\ Dix-sept recettes faciles au chou et à l'ail.
I.\ Avec des tomates. J.\ Ass. philharmon.\ Vet. lang. fr. 3, 1--99, 1931a.
\item Lai, A.\ \& Chou, O.\ Dix-sept recettes faciles au chou et à l'ail.
II.\ Avec d'autres tomates. J.\ Ass. philharmon.\ Vet. lang. fr. 3, 100--1,
1931b.
\end{itemize}
About a book, \emph{In My Father's Study}, written by Ben Orlove: ``I
recently wrote a book in which the number~17 plays an important role. It's a
memoir about my father. Sample 17-items include collages of ``found poems''
(textes trouvés, like objets trouvés) and a suitcase whose lock is set to the
combination 818, $8+1+8=17$.'' The book costs \$17.
In Bram Stoker's \emph{Dracula}: Mina Harker's journal, 29 September:
\emph{He accordingly set the phonograph at a slow pace, and I began to
typewrite from the beginning of the seventeenth cylinder}.
There are 8~references to 17 in Charles Darwin's \emph{The Voyage of the
Beagle}. The only 17 that is not a distance or time measure occurs at
chapter~V: \emph{Azara states, that a female in a state of domestication
laid seventeen eggs, each at the interval of three days one from another}.
In Frédéric Fajardie's book \emph{L'homme de Berlin}, page~17 (ed.\ NéO):
``[Jean-Yves Lascot] tourna crânement, et coup sur coup, deux courts
métrages qui totalisèrent dix-sept spectateurs.'' and ``puisque ``les
autres'', c'est-à-dire la totalité de la planète --- moins dix-sept ---,
n'étaient qu'un ``tas de cons'' incapables de le comprendre''.
Simenon's book \emph{Le passager du Polarhys} had had the initial title
\emph{Quai~17} (source: \emph{Lire}~240, November 1995).
André Breton wrote a book \emph{Arcane~17}.
In Kundera's book \emph{La lenteur}: ``Le prince Charles d'Angleterre n'a aucun
pouvoir, aucune liberté, mais une immense gloire: ni dans la forêt vierge ni
dans sa baignoire cachée dans un bunker au dix-septième sous-sol il ne peut
échapper aux yeux qui le poursuivent et le reconnaissent.''
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\subsection{Comic Strips}
\subsubsection{W.~Vance and J.~Van~Hamme's \emph{XIII}}
In \emph{Le jour du Soleil Noir} (vol.~1), page~21: Kim Rowland lives at 612
($= 36 \times 17$), 17th street, in Eastown; page~37: the film was shot
3~months and 17~days ago.
In \emph{Là où va l'Indien} (vol.~2), page~24: 17 is written on the shelves;
page~43: Kim Rowland has the number~XVII.
\subsubsection{\emph{Achille Talon}}
In \emph{Achille Talon, Le Roi des Zôtres}: page~17B: the castle has
17~radars; page~18A: the king's schedule starts at~17 (bedtime at 22:17);
page~21B: King Abzkon~XIII wants to edge his way into his little secret
passage number~17; page~39A: Prumpf says ``Could you tell me whether the bus
number~17 follows the route which is suitable for me?''
In \emph{Achille Talon et le trésor de virgule}: page~13B: ``Our only
prohibition is that the law allows us not to serve you after the 17th
drink!''; page~39A: ``My colonel, the hole number~17 is finished\ldots''
\subsubsection{\emph{Tintin}}
In \emph{L'oreille cassée}, Tortilla occupies the cabin~17 on the ship
\emph{Ville de Lyon}.
In \emph{Les 7~boules de cristal}, children find Tournesol's hat at port
St~Nazaire, on quay~17.
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\subsection{Films, TV}
In the film \emph{Mary Poppins}, the children live at the~17.
In the film \emph{Peur sur la ville}, the first victim falls from the window
of her apartment on 17th floor.
In the film \emph{Le gendarme à New York}: the Italian policemen scored
17~goals to the French policemen at the table football; Ludovic Cruchot had
the number~17 at baseball; the number of the return plane was~017.
In the film \emph{La Grande Vadrouille}, the musicians must resume at the
17th~bar.
At the end of the film \emph{A Fish Called Wanda}, Wanda and Archie married
in Rio and had 17~children.
In the film \emph{Blade Runner}, Leon is the NGMAC41717, and was brought
into service in 2017.
In the film \emph{Flash Gordon}, the only quoted article from Ming's law is
the article~17.
In the film \emph{Gremlins}, for a moment Gizmo watches TV: the racing car
that one can see has the number~17.
In George Lucas's film \emph{THX~1138}, THX~1138's roommate (who is at the
origin of THX's rebellion) has the number LUH~3417. At the very beginning of
the film, one can hear: ``you deviate 0.17 to the right''.
In the film \emph{The Great Escape}, Danny writes down ``17'' before digging
one of the tunnels; someone asks why 17: it is his 17th tunnel.
In the film \emph{L'Etoile du Nord}: Sylvie is in the car~11, compartment~6;
Nemrod and his mistress have the room~17 in the hotel; Edouard struck Nemrod
to death 17~times with a carafe.
In the film \emph{Jeux interdits}, at the beginning, 17~dead were talked
about.
In the film \emph{Le Lyonnais, Vidéo-meurtre}, Irène lives at the~17.
In the film \emph{Angélique et le Roy}, Prince Rakoczi has 17~counties.
In the film \emph{The Island of Dr Moreau}, Braddock is adrift for 17~days.
In Jean-Pierre Mocky's film \emph{Noir comme le souvenir}, 17~years pass
between Garance's death and the time at which the film takes place.
In Chris Walas's film \emph{The~Fly~2}, the main events take place in
block~17.
One of Alfred Hitchcock's film is called \emph{Number Seventeen}. The French
title of the film \emph{Foreign correspondent} is \emph{Correspondant~17}.
In the film \emph{The crossing guard}, there is a big red encircled 17 in
close-up.
In Walt Disney's film \emph{Dumbo}, Dumbo collapsed a pyramid of
17~elephants.
In the film \emph{Alien$^3$}, the first victim was killed in airing pipe~17.
In Stanley Kubrick's film \emph{2001: a Space Odyssey}, Dr~Floyd goes into
the cabin~17 of the spatial station for his identification; later, he phones
and this costs \$1.70. In Arthur~C.~Clarke's book, the staff of base Clavius
consists of 1,700 men and women.
In George Lucas's film \emph{Star Wars}, Obi-Wan Kenobi must pay 17,000 to
Han Solo for the trip to Alderande.
In Michael Mann's film \emph{Heat}, the gangland killing before the final
face-to-face takes place at the 17th floor.
In the film \emph{Outland}, 17~workers have a police record.
At the beginning of Christian de Chalonges's film \emph{Malevil}: ``We have
modified this plan 17~times''.
In Renny Harlin's film \emph{The Long Kiss Goodnight}, the room of the little
girl is room~17.
In Luc Besson's film \emph{The Fifth Element}, Korben's mother left
17~messages on his answering machine.
In Carroll Ballard's film \emph{Fly Away Home}, a 13-year-old girl takes
a flock of 17 young orphaned geese under her wing.
At the beginning of Roger Spottiswoode's film \emph{Tomorrow Never Dies},
there were 17~survivors.
In the film \emph{La voie est libre}, an unemployed person takes passengers
of the subway hostage after writing, in vain, 17~times to the SNCF (or to
the minister) to get a job.
In the film \emph{Caught in the Act} of the new series \emph{The Outer
Limits}, there are 17~messages on the answering machine. In \emph{La voix de
la raison} [English title?], the two quoted reports from the film \emph{The
Sandkings} are reports 17 and 51. In \emph{Stitch in Time}, it is about of an
investigation on 17 similar strange murders, and a man who killed 17~women
will be executed on a July~17, the day on which the main events of the film
take place. In \emph{Resurrection}, the traitor is a GX17. In \emph{Trial by
Fire}, 17~minutes remain before the impact when the president of the
U.S.A.\ arrives in the atomic fallout shelter.
\medskip
In the series \emph{The X-Files}:
\begin{itemize}
\item Case \#~X-1.09-111293, \emph{Space}: ``Listen, there are about 17,000
things that may go wrong in the shuttle, and there are about 17,000 people
who make sure that it doesn't happen.'' [translated from French]
\item Case \#~X-1.17-021894 (i.e. the 17th one), \emph{E.B.E.}: 17~UFOs
would have been seen in one hour around Fort Benning, Georgia.
\item Case \#~X-1.23-050694, \emph{Roland}: at some moment, Roland counts
stars; he reaches 17, then one has the next scene.
\item Case \#~X-2.04-100794, \emph{Sleepless}: the end takes place on the
way~17 in a warehouse.
\item Case \#~X-3.08-111795, \emph{Oubliette}: the story takes place 17~years
after Lucy escaped from Carl Wades.
\item Case \#~X-3.11-121595, \emph{Revelations}: Kevin must divide 11 by 170.
He writes 11, then 17, but at this moment his hands start bleeding.
\item Case \#~X-4.09, \emph{Tunguska (1/2)}: Skinner lives at the 17th floor,
where a man will be thrown from.
\end{itemize}
\medskip
There is a 17 in one of the films from Imagina 1994-95.
At the \emph{Guignols de l'Info} on March~16, 1995: Edouard Balladur fell
17~times in stunt-riding.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Newspapers and Magazines}
In the \emph{Triplés} of the \emph{Figaro}~15,103 (March~6, 1993): ``Maman,
tu sais, les bébés ça adore les chewing gums! \_~17, il en a mangé!!''
[Mommy, did you know babies love bubble gum? He ate~17.] (with 17 in large
letters).
In \emph{Pour la Science} 161 (March 1991), Ian Stewart's \emph{Visions
mathématiques}: ``These priests are asking me the impossible. If they want a
red eclipse, why do they not sacrifice 17~goats themselves to the goddess of
hunting? \ldots''.
In the scenario imagined in \emph{Télérama}~2299 (February~2, 1994), there
will be 17~news programs in the morning, in 10~years (cf p~61).
On one of the drawings from the \emph{Figaro} of October~7, 1995, there is a
car with the number~17.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\subsection{Internet}
Students from E.N.S. Ulm (France) wrote a little story. The narrator's
aphasia lasted 17~minutes.
In French, because it is not translatable (found in a French newsgroup):
``Comment caresser une femme dans 17~départements à la fois? \\
Il faut d'abord trouver une femme dans la Moselle. S'assurer qu'elle est
Seine, Gironde et bien en Cher. Lorsque l'on sent son Eure venue, on commence
par lui caresser le Haut-Rhin puis on descend vers le Bas-Rhin. On contourne
alors l'Aisne pour entrer dans la Creuse. Là, on trouve quelque chose de bien
Doubs. Sans perdre le Nord, on attend que ca Vienne et si on ne se débrouille
pas comme un Manche, on peut y rester jusqu'à l'Aube. En Somme, il ne s'agit
Pas-de-Calais pour être un Hérault.''
In a signature: ``To express oneself in seventeen syllables if very diffic.''
From an article posted to \texttt{fr.rec.humour} on February~7, 1996
(translated from French): ``It's the story of a Swiss forger (yes, they
exist, recently some of them even managed to forge fake coins, so fake that
they aren't even accused of forgery, but only of swindle!) In short, our
forger prints fake banknotes of~17. Of course everyone refuses his notes.
Then he thinks about going to use them in Appenzell (For the non-initiated,
Appenzell is a very beautiful place, but comes from another time; the best
proof is certainly that it's no more five years since women may
vote)\ldots\ Let's resume\ldots\ he decides to use them in Appenzell
and goes to buy the newspaper in a kiosk. He pays with his note of~17
\ldots\ and the employee gives him back a coin of~15.''
From an article posted to \texttt{fr.rec.humour} on February~11, 1996
(translated from French): ``A dwarf had 17~children (it is short but it is
good)''.
Quotation found in \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://exp1.wam.umd.edu/\~{}yankovic/quotations.html}}
``My mule wouldn't walk in the mud -- (sniff) -- so I had to put seventeen
bullets in 'im'' (Willie).
Quotation: ``If you paid seventeen dollars for a mailbox and you only got one
love letter, it would still be worth it. On the other hand, if you never ever
get even one love letter, then you should get your seventeen dollars
back\ldots\ I'd like to speak to the manager please.'' -- Charlie Brown
There is a French Web page devoted to Sherlock Holmes called \emph{Les Dix
Sept Marches} (\emph{The Seventeen Steps}): \\
\centerline{\texttt{http://www.interpc.fr/mapage/canevet/holmes/16shaacc.html}}
The title of this page comes from \emph{A Scandal in Bohemia}: \\
``You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you
have frequently seen the steps wich lead up from the hall to this room? \\
--- Frequently. \\
--- How often? \\
--- Well, some hundreds of times. \\
--- Then how many are there? \\
--- How many? I don't know. \\
--- Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is just my
point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, because I have both seen
and observed.''
In a signature: ``a penny for your thoughts\ldots\ seventeen cents for your
entire brain''.
\medskip
Read in \texttt{fr.rec.cinema.discussion}:
\begin{verbatim}
> Euh ... je serais moins affirmatif mais c'est vrai que ca parle peu de
> films dits "cultes" : par exemple moi c'est Blade Runner (on aime ou
> on aime pas, moi je l'ai vu 17 fois), he ben personne il en parle
> c'est bien dommage :(
Si, si. Bon, d'accord, je l'ai pas vu 17 fois, mais je vote pour (soyons
categoriques : par rapport a la Gueguerre des Etoiles y'a pas photo).
\end{verbatim}
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\subsection{Miscellaneous}
On \texttt{http://www.imaginet.fr/momes/}, \emph{Comptines, chansons et
poésies numériques}:
\centerline{Une et une}
\noindent Une et une la lune \\
Deux et deux les yeux \\
Trois et trois les rois \\
Quatre et quatre la pâte \\
Cinq et cinq les épingles \\
Six et six la chemise \\
Sept et sept la pastèque \\
Huit et huit pomme cuite \\
Neuf et neuf grands yeux de b\oe uf \\
Dix et dix la remise \\
Onze et onze la demi-once \\
Douze et douze la bouse \\
Treize et treize la fraise \\
Quatorze et quatorze l'arabasse \\
(\emph{pomme entière cuite au four}) \\
Quinze et quinze la pince \\
Seize et seize la grosse caisse \\
Dix-sept et dix-sept la musette
\emph{The Cure}'s best album is called \emph{Seventeen Seconds}; the refrain
says: ``Seventeen seconds, a measure of life''. One of Winger's songs is
called \emph{Seventeen}.
In 1926, Paul Klee created a painting called \emph{Les 17 égarés}.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\section{My 17's}
Around 1985, my phone number was 34\,85\,24\,00: 3 of the 4 components are
divisible by~17.
At the E.N.S.\ Lyon, we had a project of programmation in Scheme to give on
October~21, 1993. On October~17, I finished mine, and I decided to read the
one of a friend. I saw that his report had been saved on October~17,
at~17:17!!
When I went to the LaBRI presentation (in Bordeaux) in February 1994, in the
train, the seat~17 (written out of the compartment) had the number~15 inside
(and the seat~15 had the number~15). In the hotel, I had the room~17.
On August~17, 1994, I came back by train from Lyon to Toulouse. The first
train was to leave Lyon at 17:17. We had to wait for the second train for
17~minutes (the first train was to arrived in Montpellier at 20:36, and the
second train was to leave Montpellier at 20:53).
During the summer holidays in 1994, I regularly connected to the E.N.S.\ with
my modem; but there was a line problem, and I had to make several attempts,
because the communication was generally cut off after 17~seconds (seen on the
phone bill).
On October~14, 1994, other students from the E.N.S.\ came in my room, with
two English girls who had been invited. One of these girls was born on
the~17th, the other girl had a 17-pearl necklace. Someone showed me the place
of the fridge reserved for the eggs: there were 17~locations for the eggs.
The neighbor facing Redwood, a new computer shop in Lyon, has 17~parrots.
A friend of mine, who is interested in this paper on the 17's, showed me his
D.E.A.\ report: it ends at page~17 and the bibliography is composed of
17~references.
The first article I've posted to the \texttt{comp.sys.arm} newsgroup is the
article~17.
At the L.I.P.\ seminar (at the E.N.S.\ Lyon) on December~14, 1994, examples
of irrational numbers were chosen: $\sqrt{17}$, $\pi$ and $e$.
On March~3, 1995, I went to a friend's to see his NeXT. He showed me an
application on learning with a neuronal network, where an animal had to learn
how to balance a perch. The animal completely learned at its 666th try (it
managed to balance the perch for more than 2\,min 30\,s); 666 is the sum of
the squares of the first prime numbers up to 17. Note: the animal usually
learns after 200 to 300 tries.
In 1994/95, my phone number at the E.N.S.\ is 72\,72\,82\,89. All phone
numbers start with 72728. For me, the last 3 digits are $289 = 17^2$.
In 1995, I do my training period in Denmark. The French guide \emph{Le Petit
Futé} for Denmark has the number~17. The only French TV channel that can be
received (TV5) has the number~17.
My WWW pages have been opened to the public since July~17, 1995. The HTML
version of the list of properties (except the mathematical properties)
appeared on November~17, 1995.
On November~13, 1995 at the E.N.S., I played for the first time to the
\emph{Algebraic Whist}, a Whist extension being played with a Tarot game $+$
one card (79~cards in total), and a hat for each player. We were 6 and the
game was played in 21~turns: 1~card for the first turn, \ldots, 10~cards for
the tenth turn, a trumpless turn, then one goes downwards, the last turn
(with one card) being special (cf below). Points are counted as follows: when
a player fulfils his contract, he gets as many points as the number of his
tricks; otherwise he loses the difference between his announced number and
his actual number of tricks. Now here are the 17's. At the first turn (of my
first game), the card that has been turned over to indicates the trump was
the 17 magic (the Star, cf section \emph{Symbols}). 6 or 7 turns before the
end, I bet that I would arrive at 17. 2~turns before the end, I still was
first with 16~points, and the second (Bill Allombert, who, like me, had
attended the French U.M.E.\ organized by Danny Loeb in 1991 and 1992) had
15~points; we might still arrive both at 17. Bill announced 2 and I announced
0, but Bill didn't get 2~tricks. I didn't get a trick, so I stayed at 16. The
last turn, as I said, is special: each player puts his card onto his hat
without looking at it; thus each one knows the other players' cards, but not
his own card. I had to talk first, and I announced 1 (it was the only way to
arrive at 17), which was sensible since I knew that none of the other cards
was a trump. The next one to talk (he was ranked last with $-16$~points)
announced 1 too. Eventually I got the trick, so that I arrived first with
17~points, and the last one had $-17$~points.
There are 17~P.J.'s in the 1995/96 Amber campaign at the E.N.S.
In 1995, there are (at least) two new newspapers at the E.N.S.: \emph{Le Gros
Rouge} and \emph{L'éphémère}. On the first issue of the \emph{Gros Rouge},
the date is October~17, 1995 (in fact, it was brought out much later, but
they forgot to change the date). In the second issue of the \emph{éphémère}
(I don't have the first issue), it is written that the deadline to send
articles for the next issue is December~17.
In January 1996, at the exam of \emph{Architectures Temps Réel} (Real Time
Architectures) of the D.E.A.\ Informatique de Lyon, 3rd part: the exercise
dealt with periodic tasks and one sporadic task; this task issued its request
at the time $t = 17$.
At the course \emph{métaconnaissances} of the D.E.A.\ Informatique de Lyon,
we were given the paper of Master's degree exam of the previous year; there
was an example of an integer: it was 17. The last problem at the exam was:
\emph{Let $N1$ be the mark you'll have for the previous questions. Let $N2$
be an integer in the range of 0 to 17. Your mark for this 4th problem will
be: $3-(3|N1-N2|/17)$ in the general case, $2.5-(3|N1-N2|/17)$ if $N2$ is in
the range 8--9 but not $N1$. What is $N2$?}
At the written session of the D.E.A., I'm 17th out of $34 = 2 \times 17$.
The median is divisible by~17.
I took my 1000th meal at the E.N.S.\ restaurant on February~17, 1996 (the
1000th meal is important, for one goes round the counter).
There are 17~seats in the L.I.P. ``coffeeroom''. They were changed late in
1995; before they were also~17.
For my training period of the D.E.A., I have to implement some algorithms of
multiple precision multiplication. With my program, the classical algorithm
in $n^2$ is better than Karatsuba's algorithm up to a size of 17~words, where
a word is a 50-bit integer.
The identifier of my site
\texttt{http://www.ens-lyon.fr/\~{}vlefevre/yp17\_fra.html} for the
Webs d'Or~96 is $1207 = 17 \times 71$.
On June~20, 1996, at 16:45, someone wanted to phone me (but I wasn't there)
and let the phone ring 17~times.
In 1996/97, the registration paper for the Université Claude Bernard Lyon~1
(France) has 17~frames to fill in.
I was the 17th to sign Mirko Vidovic's \emph{Livre d'Or}.
I was the 17th to sign the petition
(\texttt{http://www.mygale.org/09/petition/}) to protest against France
Télécom.
On March~22, 1997, I went to a coding-party by train. I had the seet~71 in
coach~17. The train for the return journey left from line~17.
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\section{Mathematical Properties}
\ppty{}
{
17 is the only prime number which is the sum of four consecutive primes:
$$17 = 2 + 3 + 5 + 7$$
}
\ppty{}
{
17 is the exponent of the 6th Mersenne prime.
}
\ppty{}
{
17 is the 3rd Fermat prime.
}
\ppty{}
{
Therefore the regular 17-gon is constructible with a ruler and compasses.
}
\ppty{[Les nombres remarquables - F. Le Lionnais - Hermann]}
{
The ring of the integers of the real quadratic field $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{17})$
is euclidian, thus factorial.
}
\ppty{[Les nombres remarquables - F. Le Lionnais - Hermann]}
{
The ring of the integers of the cyclotomic field $\mathbb{Q}(\xi_{17})$ is
factorial.
}
\ppty{[{\small Les nombres remarquables, and M.~J.~Zerger,
The ``Number of Mathematics''}]}
{
17 is the fifth Euler lucky number, i.e.\ $n^2+n+17$ is prime for all
$0 \leq n < 16$.
If you write numbers in a spiral starting with 17, the first 16 on the
diagonal 17-19 are prime; the 17th is of course 289.
The last produced prime is 257, the number which succeeds 17 as a Fermat
prime.
}
\ppty{[Les nombres remarquables - F. Le Lionnais - Hermann]}
{
17 is the largest integer $n$ such that there exists $n$ real numbers
$0 < a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n < 1$ such that for all $k \leq n$, the first $k$
numbers are in different intervals $[\frac{i-1}{k};\frac{i}{k}]$, with
$i \leq k$ (largest solution to the Steinhaus problem). Cf E.~R.~Berlekamp
and R.~L.~Graham, Irregularities in the Distributions of Finite Sequences,
\emph{Journal of Number Theory}, 2, pp.~152--161, 1970.
}
\ppty{[Les nombres remarquables - F. Le Lionnais - Hermann]}
{
17 is the length of the longest known (in 1977) arithmetic progression such
that all its terms are primes. The first term is 3,430,751,869 and the
difference is 87,297,210 ($= 17 \cdot 5,135,130$). (S.~Weintraub, Seventeen
primes in arithmetic progression, \emph{Math.\ Comput.} 31, 1977, 1030)
}
\ppty{[Les nombres remarquables - F. Le Lionnais - Hermann]}
{
There are 17 crystallographic groups of the plane.
}
\ppty{[Jouer jeux mathématiques 3, p 16]}
{
An integer $n$ greater than 4 is given. One tries to obtain $n$ with numbers
1, 2, 3, 4, in any order, with the operations $+$, $-$, $\times$, $\div$, and
with brackets, then with 2, 3, 4, 5, then with 3, 4, 5, 6, and so on, until
there is a number $k$ for which one can't obtain $n$ with $k$, $k+1$, $k+2$,
$k+3$. For instance, if $n = 28$, one has $(1 + 2 \times 3) \times 4 = 28$,
$(2 \times 5 - 3) \times 4 = 28$, $4 \times (5 + 6 \div 3) = 28$,~\ldots\ The
number $k$ is maximal for $n = 17$ (one can obtain 13~equalities).
}
\ppty{[Bilboquet Hebdo 4 - January 17, 1992]}
{
One considers a complete unoriented graph with $n$~vertice. The edges are
colored with 3~colors. For $n \geq 17$, one can always find 3~vertice linked
by edges of the same color (this property is not true for $n < 17$).
17 is the minimal number of people who have to be invited to be sure that 3
of them like each other, 3 of them hate each other or 3 of them do not know
each other.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
41,616 is a triangular number and a square:
$$41,616 = \frac{17^2 (17^2-1)}{2} = (12 \cdot 17)^2$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$\tan x = x + \frac{1}{3} x^3 + \frac{2}{15} x^5 + \frac{17}{315} x^7 +
o(x^7)$$
}
\ppty{[Monte~J.~Zerger, The ``Number of Mathematics'']}
{
The sum of the digits of $17^3$ is equal to~17:
$$17^3 = 4,913 \quad \textrm{and} \quad 4 + 9 + 1 + 3 = 17$$
The only other numbers having this property are: 0, 1, 8, 18, 26 and 27, but
17 is the only prime.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
Let $F(n)$ be the $n$-th Fibonacci number:
$$F(0) = 0, \quad F(1) = 1, \quad F(n) = F(n-1) + F(n-2)$$
and $S(n)$ the sum of the digits of $n$ (written in the decimal base).
One has:
$$S(F(17)) = 22 \quad \textrm{and} \quad S(F(22)) = 17$$
17 is the smallest number in such a couple of different numbers.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$17^6$ is written in base~10 using 8 different digits: 24,137,569. This is
way there are many integers $n$ for which the sum of the $n$-th powers of its
digits is divisible by~17 (2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, plus a multiple of~16).
The even solutions less than 15 are explained by the following theorem
(applied with $p = 17$ and $n = 1$): if $p$ is a prime number, and $\alpha$
an integer such that $p > n\alpha+1$, then
$$\sum_{k = n}^{p} {k \choose n}^\alpha \equiv 0\;(\mbox{mod}\ p)$$
cf my article \emph{Triangle de Pascal dans $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ avec
$p$ premier} on my web pages or in \emph{Quadrature}~12 (May/June 1992),
pp~41-42.
The fact that one can add a multiple of 16 to a solution is due to Fermat's
theorem and to the primality of 17.
\medskip
If the digits of odd rank are taken, one obtains a multiple of 17:
$$2,176 = 17 \cdot 2^7\;(1+7+2+7 = 17)$$
$$\log(17^6) = 16.99928\ldots\ \approx 17$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
The $n$-th triangular and square number is:
$$\frac{(17+12\sqrt{2})^n + (17-12\sqrt{2})^n - 2}{17 + 17 - 2}$$
}
\ppty{[Bilboquet Hebdo 4 - January 17, 1992]}
{
17 is the smallest integer which can be written as a sum of a square and a
cube in two different ways:
$$17 = 3^2 + 2^3 = 4^2 + 1^3$$
}
\ppty{[Bilboquet Hebdo 4 - January 17, 1992]}
{
Every convex polyhedron has at least one stable face (i.e.\ a face on which
the polyhedron can stay motionless). A polyhedron must have at least 17~faces
to attain this bound.
}
\ppty{[Bilboquet Hebdo 4 - January 17, 1992]}
{
There are 17~ways of surrounding a point with regular polygons (positions
differing by a permutation of the polygons are counted only once).
}
\ppty{[Bilboquet Hebdo 4 - January 17, 1992]}
{
To convert degrees to radians, you have to multiply by 0.017 (approached
value).
}
\ppty{[Théorie des corps - J.-C. Carrega - Hermann]}
{\footnotesize
$$\cos \frac{2\pi}{17} = \frac{-1 + \sqrt{17} + \sqrt{34 - 2 \sqrt{17}} +
\sqrt{68 + 12 \sqrt{17} + 2 (-1 + \sqrt{17}) \sqrt{34 - 2 \sqrt{17}} - 16
\sqrt{34 + 2 \sqrt{17}}}}{16}$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
17 is the largest prime factor of the smallest Carmichael number.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
(8;15;17) is the third Pythagorean triplet having coprime terms.
}
\ppty{}
{
The \emph{class} of a number, defined by Kummer, can be set as follows:
$$h = \frac{|P|}{(2\lambda)^{\mu-1}} h_2 \quad \textrm{with} \quad
\mu = \frac{\lambda-1}{2}$$
(cf Edwards' book \emph{Fermat's Last Theorem}). For $\lambda = 37$, the
first irregular prime, $\mu-1 = 17$.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
17 is the only integer $n$ such that $n^n$ hasn't less than 3~digits and the
sum of the first 3~digits of $n^n$ (written in the decimal base) is equal
to~$n$.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
Let $f(k)$ be the smallest number $n$ such that $n!$ has at least $k$
distinct digits in base~10 ($1 \leq k \leq 10$). 17 appears twice:
$f(8) = f(9) = 17$; the other numbers appear less than twice.
}
\ppty{}
{
Construct an isoceles right-angled triangle with legs of length one; the
length of the hypotenuse is $\sqrt{2}$. Then, construct on the hypotenuse
another right-angled triangle whose edges are $\sqrt{2}$, 1 and $\sqrt{3}$
long. And so on\ldots\ construct on the hypotenuse of the last triangle a
new right-angled triangle whose edges are $\sqrt{n}$, 1 and $\sqrt{n+1}$
long (always turning in the same way). In this way, we construct all the
square roots of the integers until~17. But, for 18, the last triangle
overlaps the first one.
}
\ppty{}
{
Take any cubic equation. Take a point along the curve and draw its tangent,
extending it to another point on the curve. The area between that line
segment, the perpendicular to the line drawn through the second point of
intersection and the curve is exactly $1/17$ of the total area under that
line.
}
\ppty{}
{
17 is the average of the first two perfect numbers (6 and 28).
}
\ppty{}
{
Pythagoras thought that 17 brought ill luck because it is between a square
(16) and the double of a square (18), or because it lies midway between 16
and 18, the only perfect numbers, meaning that the perimeter and area of a
rectangle can equal only these integral values at the same time.
}
\ppty{}
{
The largest prime less than 1,000,000 is 999,983 ($= 1,000,000 - 17$).
}
\ppty{}
{
In bridge, a hand contains 10~points on average. But the variance
(i.e.\ the square of the standard deviation) is $17+1/17$.
}
\ppty{}
{
Ptolemy approximated $\pi$ as $3 + \frac{17}{120}$. Later, Viale improved
this by considering the regular $3\cdot2^{17}$-gon.
}
\ppty{}
{
The probability of having a pair by choosing two cards randomly among
52~cards is $3/51 = 1/17$.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$\displaystyle \frac{17}{\log 17}$ is close to an integer:
$$\frac{17}{\log 17} = 6.00025\ldots \approx 6$$
The next integer giving a smaller difference is 163.
}
\ppty{[Les nombres remarquables - F. Le Lionnais - Hermann]}
{
$$\zeta(4) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^4} = \frac{\pi^4}{90} =
\frac{36}{17} \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^4 {2n \choose n}}$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
17~colors are sufficient to color a map defined on a surface of genus~17. And
there exists a map for which 17~colors are necessary. The following formula
is used:
$$k = \left[ \frac{7 + \sqrt{1+48g}}{2} \right]$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$4^{17} = 17,179,869,184$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$17^4 = 83,521$$
1, 2, 3, 5 and 8 are the Fibonacci numbers composed of only one digit
(in the decimal base).
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$17^5 = 1,419,857$$
The rationnal number $\displaystyle \frac{8,571,419}{9,999,999} =
0.85714198571419857\ldots$ is very close to $\displaystyle \frac{6}{7}$.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$\textrm{If}\;f(n) = \sum_{i=1}^n \sqrt[n]{i},\;f(15) = 17.00136\ldots$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
In an hour (60~minutes), there are 17~primes (i.e.\ there are 17~primes less
than 60).
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
Let $n$ be an integer greater than 1. Consider the number formed by writing
successively the first $n$ primes (in the decimal base). 17 is the smallest
integer $n$ such that this number is divisible by~$n$.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
17 is the smallest prime number $n$ such that neither $2n+1$ nor $4n+1$ is a
prime.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
17 is the smallest positive integer $p$ such that $222k+p$ is a prime
for all $0 \leq k \leq 3$. Moreover, if $222k+p$ is a prime for all
$0 \leq k \leq 3$, then for $k = 4$, $222k+p$ can't be a prime (because
222 is not a multiple of 5). The second integer $p$ having this property
is 157 (look at the first and the last digits!).
17 is also the smallest positive integer $p$ such that $402k+p$ is a prime
for all $0 \leq k \leq 3$. Like for $n = 222$, if $402k+p$ is a prime for all
$0 \leq k \leq 3$, then for $k = 4$, $402k+p$ can't be a prime. But here, for
$k = 5$, $402k+17$ is a prime. The second integer $p$ such that $402k+p$ is a
prime for all $k \in \{0, 1, 2, 3, 5\}$ is 1997 (look again at the first and
the last digits!); $402k+1997$ is also a prime for $k = 6$, but not for
$k = 7$ because it is divisible by~17.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
\underline{17 and continued fractions}
\begin{itemize}
\item $1 + \frac{17}{22}$ is a convergent of $\pi^{1/2}$.
\item $\frac{28}{17}$ is a convergent of $e^{1/2}$.
\item $1 + \frac{17}{43}$ is a convergent of $e^{1/3}$.
\item The first 5 partial quotients of $e^{1/6}$ and $17^{1/17}$ are
1, 5, 1, 1, 17.
\item $\frac{17}{6}$ is a convergent of $\log 17$. The next one is
$\frac{3,924}{1,385}$. The first 5 partial quotients of $\log 17$ are
1, 4, 2, 1, 17.
\item $\frac{17}{23}$ is a convergent of the solution to the equation
$\cos x = x$ (the next one is $\frac{694}{939}$).
\end{itemize}
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$\displaystyle \sqrt[3]{17} \approx \frac{18}{7}$, because
$18^3 - 1 = (18-1) (1+18+18^2) = 17 \cdot 7^3$.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$92\pi \approx 17^2\ \ \mbox{and}\ \ \frac{\pi^5}{18} \approx 17$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$(1 + 17 + 17^2 + 17^3)^{1/4} \approx \frac{17}{2} \quad
(\textrm{because}\;17 - 1 = 2^4)$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$\log n! \leq 2n \Leftrightarrow n \leq 17$$
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
There are 17~ways of paying 100\,FF with coins of 2\,FF and 3\,FF
(H.E.C.\ problem -- France).
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
Consider the sum of the even rank digits and the sum of the odd rank ones of
a number divisible by~11, written (in the decimal base) with the 10~digits
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (each once). One of these two sums is equal to
17 (the other is equal to~28).
}
\ppty{[Tangente 24, p 19]}
{
In phenomena of directed percolation, close to the threshold, the propagation
speed is proportional to the distance to the threshold raised to a power near
0.17.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
Let $n$ be a positive integer and $F(n)$ the smallest positive number (if it
exists) which is not a palindrome such that the $F(n)$ and the number
obtained by reading $F(n)$ from right to left (in the decimal base) are both
divisible by~$n$. 17 is the smallest integer $n$ which does not divide 10
such that $F(n)$ is divisible by~$n^2$. 17 is also the smallest integer $n$
such that $F(n)$ is a square.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
Let $\Phi(n) = 1 + \sum_{k=1}^n \phi(k)$, where $\phi$ is Euler's function.
$\Phi(n)$ is the number of the terms of the Farey series of order~$n$. 17 is
the smallest prime which is not in $\Phi(\mathbb{N}\backslash\{0\})$. Let $n$
be the smallest integer such that $\{\Phi(k)\}_{1 \leq k \leq n}$ contains
more composed numbers than prime numbers; $n$ is also the smallest integer
such that $\Phi(n)$ is divisible by~17.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$17^{28} = 2\underline{8351092476}\ldots \quad \textrm{and} \quad
17^{30} = \underline{0819346572}58\ldots$$
}
\ppty{}
{
Take a 7~legged spider and fix the ends of his legs to the plane, and allow
his body and knees to move in the plane (self intersections are
allowed\ldots). Assume that the legs are fixed to points on a regular
heptagon and that the legs are just a little bit longer than necessary to
meet at the middle. Then the space of all ``configurations'' of the spider
is ``easily'' seen to be the 17~holed torus.
}
\ppty{[Usenet, newsgroup \texttt{sci.math}, December 13, 1993]}
{
``Pillai and, independently, Brauer showed that in every set of fewer than
17~consecutive integers, at least one is relatively prime to all other
members of the set. However, the same is not true for sets of 17 or more
consecutive integers.'' --- Joe Roberts, \emph{Lure of the Integers},
MAA 1992, p~128.
For example, among the 17~numbers 2184--2200 inclusive, no number is
relatively prime to all of the others.
}
\ppty{}
{
If $n>k+3$ and $k>3$, there are exactly 17 isomorphism classes of maximal
$2$-cliques of $k$-sets of an $n$-set.
A $t$-clique is a set of points with maximum distance between any two at most
$t$. Two $k$-sets $S$ and $T$ are at distance $|S-T| = |T-S|$.
}
\ppty{[Les mathématiques aujourd'hui - bibliothèque Pour la Science - Belin]}
{
There are 17 infinite families of non abelian finite simple groups.
}
\ppty{}
{
$\displaystyle \zeta(3) = \frac{6}{P(0)-} \frac{1^6}{P(1)-} \frac{2^6}{P(2)-}
\frac{3^6}{P(3)-} \cdots$ with $P(x) = 34 x^3 + 51 x^2 + 27 x + 5$.
}
\ppty{}
{
17 is the smallest prime number that is in neither the Fibonacci series,
nor the Lucas series.
}
\ppty{}
{
The constant of a magic square of order~4 is $34 = 2 \cdot 17$. The famous
magic square on Durer's plate \emph{Melancolia} is symetric: symetric numbers
in relation to the center sum to~17. Concerning the diabolic magic squares of
order~4, the antipodal numbers (on the torus) sum to~17.
}
\ppty{}
{
17 is the smallest integer~$n$ such that, from every sequence of $n$ real
numbers, one can find a monotonous sub-sequence of 5~elements (consequence
of Erdös - Szekeres theorem).
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
17 is the smallest palindrome integer in base~2 having more 0's than 1's
(note: one can either consider that 0 has 0~digit or restrict to positive
integers).
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
$$\sum_{i=0}^4 i^i = 17^2$$
}
\ppty{}
{
17 is the maximal number of vertices of graphs having neither a 4-clique nor
a independant 4-set, i.e.\ $R(4) - 1 = 17$, where $R(n)$ are Ramsey numbers.
}
\ppty{[{\footnotesize An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers -
Hardy/Wright - section 20.1, p 298}]}
{
All but 17 positive integers can be expressed as the sum of 7 or fewer cubes.
}
\ppty{}
{
There are 17 nonabelian groups of order less than 17.
}
\ppty{[{\footnotesize \emph{Game Theory and Emotions}, by Steven J. Brams,
Dept of Politics, New York Univ.}]}
{
Of the 78 distinct $2 \times 2$ strict ordinal games of conflict, 57 are
conflict games that contain no mutually best outcomes for the players. Of
these, 12 are frustration games in which the choice of a dominant strategy by
one player inflicts the two worst outcomes on the other (frustrated) player;
6 are self-frustration games in which it is the player with the dominant
strategy who is frustrated by the best response of the other player.
Altogether there are 17 different games of frustration or self-frustration
(one is common to both classes), which is 30\% of all the conflict games.
}
\ppty{}
{
The first step in Brams \& Taylors envy-free method of cutting up a cake
among 6~players is for the first player to cut the cake into 17~pieces.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
17 is a number~$n$ such that there exists an integer~$k$ such that the $k$-th
prime number $n$ is equal to the sum of the prime numbers less or equal to
$k$. The other two numbers having this property are 5 and 41.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
17 is the arithmetic mean of 11 and 23, a couple of primes of the form
$(n,2n+1)$, i.e.\ $n$ is a Sophie Germain prime. Moreover, 17 in base~16 is
written like 11 in base~10, and 23 in base~16 is written like 17 in base~10
(10 and 16 are the most used bases).
}
\ppty{[Usenet, newsgroup \texttt{sci.math.num-analysis}, January 30, 1996]}
{
The Mackey-Glass Time-Series
$$\frac{\mathrm{d}x(t)}{\mathrm{d}t} =
\frac{0.2 x \cdot (t-\tau)}{1+x^{10}(t-\tau)} - 0.1 x(t)$$
gets chaotic with $\tau > 17$.
Reference: Michael~C.~Mackey and Leon~Glass, \emph{Oscillation and Chaos in
Physiological Control Systems}, \emph{Science}, vol.\ 197, pp. 287--289,
July~1977.
}
\ppty{[\texttt{http://www.math.harvard.edu/\~{}hmb/issue2.1/SEVENTEEN/seventeen.html}]}
{
At the above URL (which is no longer valid), it was written: ``For any
configuration of Rubik's Cube, the solution is at most 17 quarter turns
away.'' However this is wrong. In fact, what can be easily shown with
counting arguments is that some configurations \emph{cannot} be solved
with at most 17 quarter turns. \\
(Updated on 2010-05-26)
}
\ppty{[\texttt{http://www.math.harvard.edu/\~{}hmb/issue2.1/SEVENTEEN/seventeen.html}]}
{
King and Rook can mate King in 17~moves maximum.
}
\ppty{[*]}
{
Let $G(n)$ be Golomb's sequence: $G(n)$ is the number of times that $n$
belongs to the sequence. $G(n)$ can be calculated by induction thanks to
Colin Mallows's formula:
$$G(1) = 1, \quad G(n) = 1 + G(n-G(G(n-1))).$$
$\overline{x}$ denotes the mirror of $x$ in base~10; for instance
$\overline{4913} = 3194$. The smallest couple $(x,\overline{x})$ such that
$G(x) = \overline{x}$ and $x$ has several digits is $(71,17)$.
}
\ppty{[Monte~J.~Zerger, The ``Number of Mathematics'']}
{
The number $17\# = 2 \cdot 3 \cdot 5 \cdot 7 \cdot 11 \cdot 13 \cdot 17$,
primorial 17, is the product of the successive integers 714 and 715. Nelson,
Penny, and Pomerance conjectured that $17\#$ is the largest primorial which
is the product of successive integers (cf C.~Nelson, D.~E.~Penney and
C.~Pomerance, 714 and 715, \emph{Journal of Recreational Mathematics}, 7$:$2,
pp.~87--89, 1974). The others are $2\#$, $3\#$, $5\#$ and $7\#$. A computer
check established that if any other pair of consecutive integers exist whose
product is a primorial, then these integers exceed $10^{6021}$.
}
\ppty{[Monte~J.~Zerger, The ``Number of Mathematics'']}
{
Moreover $17\#$ is the product of four successive Fibonacci numbers:
$$17\# = 510\,510 = 714 \cdot 715 = 13 \cdot 21 \cdot 34 \cdot 55$$
}
\ppty{[Monte~J.~Zerger, The ``Number of Mathematics'']}
{
All the primes in $17\#$ are emirps, primes that remain primes when the
digits are reversed. The 17th prime is 59. If we ``embed'' it within 17,
we obtain the 17th Fibonacci number: 1597, itself an emirp.
}
\ppty{[Monte~J.~Zerger, The ``Number of Mathematics'']}
{
Every positive integer greater than 17 can be represented as the sum of three
pairwise relatively prime integers, all of which are greater than 1. But 17
can not, making it the largest number not so expressible. Cf W.~Sierpinski,
\emph{250 Problems in Elementary Number Theory}, American Elsevier, New York,
pp.~4, 38, 1970.
}
\ppty{[Monte~J.~Zerger, The ``Number of Mathematics'', updated on 2011-06-12]}
{
Euler proved that $17 = 2^3 + 3^2$ is the only number which is the sum of two
consecutive positive integers, one of which is a square and the other a cube
(cf L.~Dickson, History of the Theory of Numbers, Chelsea, New York, Vol.~2,
p.~533, 1992).
Since $2^3$ and $3^2$ are the only adjacent powers (Catalan's conjecture,
now Mihailescu's theorem), 17 is the only integer which is the sum of
adjacent powers.
}
\ppty{[Monte~J.~Zerger, The ``Number of Mathematics'']}
{
17 is the smallest natural number whose reciprocal's decimal expansion
contains all the digits:
$$\frac{1}{17} = 0,0588235294117647\ldots$$
}
\ppty{}
{
In degree mode, $\tan(\cos(\sin x)) = .017\ldots$ for any $x$.
}
\ppty{[Noam~D.~Elkies]}
{
For many years, 17 was the smallest number $n$ such that no oscillator of
period $n$ and finite size was known in Conway's Life. This is no longer
true; on April~27, 1997, Dean Hickerson (\texttt{dean@math.ucdavis.edu})
found the following:
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\end{tabular}
There are now only eleven $n$ for which a finite period-$n$ oscillator
remains unknown: 19, 23, 27, 31, 37, 38, 41, 43, 49, 53, and 57.
}
\ppty{}
{
There are 17 classes of polynomial functions $f:\ \rrr^3 \rightarrow \rrr$
of degree~2 for the affine equivalence.
}
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