Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Huber-Dyson, Verena (2.15.98), On the Nature of Mathematical Concepts: Why and How Dd Mathematicians Jump to Conclusions?, Edge.org, Retrieved on 2016-03-17
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    17 MAR 2016

     All the Ways of Intuiting 1729

    Stanislas Dehaene brings up the Ramanujan-G.H.Hardy anecdote concerning the number 1729. The idea of running through the cubes of all integers from 1 to 12 in order to arrive at Ramanujan's spontaneous recognition of 1729 as the smallest positive integer that can be written in two distinct ways as the sum of two integral cubes is inappropriate and obscures the workings of the naive mathematical mind. To be sure, a computer-mind could come up with that list at a wink. But what would induce it ...
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