# The strong law of small numbers

@article{Guy1988TheSL,
title={The strong law of small numbers},
author={Richard K. Guy},
journal={American Mathematical Monthly},
year={1988},
volume={95},
pages={697-712}
}
• R. Guy
• Published 1 October 1988
• Mathematics
• American Mathematical Monthly
This article is in two parts, the first of which is a do-it-yourself operation, in which I'll show you 35 examples of patterns that seem to appear when we look at several small values of n, in various problems whose answers depend on n. The question will be, in each case: do you think that the pattern persists for all n, or do you believe that it is a figment of the smallness of the values of n that are worked out in the examples? Caution: examples of both kinds appear; they are not all…

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