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Because we named everything, we named numbers.

But numbers are not their names—you may use your fingers.

But numbers are not your fingers…

Christopher Phelps once found that the square of the sum of the first n natural numbers is equal to the sum of the cubes of the first n natural numbers; no notion of identity has ever seemed the same. His website is hyphenated: www.christopher-phelps.com.