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An Investigation Of Palindromes And Their Place In Mathematics, Ryan Andrew Nivens Jan 2013

An Investigation Of Palindromes And Their Place In Mathematics, Ryan Andrew Nivens

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What do the Honda Civic, the Mazda 626, and the Boeing 747 have in common? What about Weird Al's song Bob, the first name of Miley Cyrus' alter ego, and the 70s sensation Abba? What do all these things have in common? They all contain palindromes. While some people recognise a palindrome when they see one, fewer realise that a palindrome is a special case of a pattern and that these patterns are all around. Palindromes frequently occur in names, both of vehicles and people, and in music.