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Old 05-31-2009, 09:47 AM
Johnny L.A. is offline
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Nicolas Bourbaki said that he didn't want to appear to be a jagoff. I was going to reply to him last night that I wasn't offended, as I was only trying to clarify questions that others posted. But now I'm getting interested.

So here's a dumb question: Jakob Bernoulli studied the numbers, and they were named after him. Where did the numbers come from? That is, wasn't there an algorithm to generate the numbers in the first place?