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The Story of 8

Mike Hitchman
Mathematics Department
Linfield College
McMinnville, Oregon, USA

May 29, 2017

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Over the years, alert students have noticed that \(8\) seems to appear in my classes more often than chance would allow. Occasionally in such moments I am stirred to reflect on the greatness of \(8\) with my charges. So I continue to be surprised when these students ask, “What's so great about 8?” And I think, “Isn't it clear?” Alas, so many times has this question been asked that it has become apparent the story of \(8\) needs retelling.

A portion of this story appeared in [5], and a printable version to match this full online story can be found here: