The Strong Law of Small Numbers tells us something about the increasing complexity that so often triggers that sense of hurriedness. Like the small numbers, the words of two syllables and the basic condiments and the central television networks bear a heavy burden. They are placed under strain by access to the varied words and tastes and video programming sources that lie beyond. All our information sources evolve toward complexity. No software program gets simpler in release 2.01. No television-news anchor or daily newspaper holds its former central position as announcer to a whole nation. Instead citizens awaken each day with a multitude of experiences to divide one from the other-last night's five hundred channels and million Web sites. Yet these complex strands sometimes return to a simple point of origin. The focal points of national obsession become, if anything, more furious and intense: the trial of O. J. Simpson, the perils of Monica Lewinsky, the coming of-dare we say it-the millennium.

  • Neil Sloane's On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, the ultimate number-sequence resource.
  • Just one of the ways in which Faster was out of date even before publication date: at least one more Mersenne prime has been found. Here is one of many good sites devoted to this urgent matter, including pointers for you to join the search with your PC at home.
  • As for the millennium-- well, there are sites listing sites listing sites. A sense of the effect it's having on our lexicon, not to say our psyche, can be found at this set of millennium resources, including trademark information.