Patterns are pleasing, be they in the form of shapes, colours, words or numbers. Look at the pattern and colouring of this lizard in methylated spirits:
Palindromes are words, phrases or numbers that can be read forwards or backwards without changing the meaning.
Think of MADAM
What about MADAM I’M ADAM
Then there is the famous quotation ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ELBA
A simple palindrome number would be 12321
As anyone who has formally learned to type will know, we also get Pangrams which are sentences that make use of all the letters in the alphabet. The most commonly known one is
THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER A LAZY DOG
I do not have a photograph of a fox so a Black-backed Jackal will have to suffice:
I also like HOW QUICKLY DAFT JUMPING ZEBRAS VEX
Numbers have an attraction of their own. I was reminded of this the other day when I received an e-mail about Albrecht Dürer’s MAGIC SQUARE in which all the columns and lines add up to 34.