Numbers begin with 1 more often than other numerals

Fun note by Cory over at Boing Boing about the special status of the number 1.

A mathematical theory called 'Benford's Law' predicts that in a set of numbers, numbers whose first digit is '1' will turn up more frequently than numbers that start with other digits. Benford, a GE physicist in 1938, formulated his law after discovering that GE's book of logarithm tables was substantially more worn on pages of logarithms corresponding to numbers starting with 1.

(Via Boing Boing Blog.)

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