History of the Perfect Number

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The perfect number is a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper divisors. Earlier definitions of a perfect number were 'aliquot parts' of a number. An aliquot part means a proper quotient of a number. According to Webster’s dictionary, the term perfect number was first used in the 14th century. The discovery of such numbers was lost in prehistory. The smallest perfect number is six. It is the sum of its divisors one, two, and three. Other perfect numbers are twenty-eight, 128, and 496. In the paragraphs below I will talk about the history of the perfect number and Euclid’s theorem and the founder of the perfect number. The first four perfect numbers were known to the ancients Greeks over 2,000 years ago. Some cultures back then gave mystic interpretations to the numbers and thought they were “magic.” The first four perfect numbers were six, twenty- eight, 496, and 8,128. Of the two dozen perfect numbers now known, all of them are even numbers. If there are any odd perfect numbers they are quite big, are well over 300 digits long, and have multiple prime factors. The ancient Christian scholar Augustine said, ‟That God could have created the world in an instant but he chose to do it in a perfect number of six days.” Many times the twenty-eight day cycle of the moon around the earth was given as an example of a “Heavenly” or a perfect event that naturally was a perfect number. The number six is perfect in itself. Historians and discovers believe it is a perfect
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