**BEAST Numbers - When Mathematicians plays with 666, and other Apocalypse Numerology**

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666 is the occult "number of the beast," also called the "sign of the devil" (Wang 1994), associated in the Bible with the Antichrist. It has figured in many numerological studies. It is mentioned in Revelation 13:18: "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666." The origin of this number is not entirely clear, although it may be as simple as the number containing the concatenation of one symbol of each type (excluding M=1000) in Roman numerals: DCLXVI=666 (Wells 1986).

The first few numbers containing the beast number in their digits are 666, 1666, 2666, 3666, 4666, 5666, 6660, ... (OEIS A051003).

"666" is the combination of the mysterious suitcase retrieved by Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction. Various conspiracy theories, including the novel The Da Vinci Code (Brown 2003, p. 22), have suggested that the glass pyramid at the Louvre museum in Paris is dedicated to the Beast and therefore constructed of exactly 666 panes of glass. However, despite recent works of fiction perpetuating this myth, official and unofficial counts unambiguously show that the pyramid contains more than 670 panes. (The Louvre officially states it as 673 pieces, and subsequent independent counts have suggested there are 698.)

The number 666 can also be found in a number of words and phrases. For example, summing the ASCII character codes for INDONESIA gives 666.

The beast number has several interesting properties which numerologists may find particularly interesting (Keith 1982-83). In particular, the beast number is equal to the sum of the squares of the first 7 primes

2^2+3^2+5^2+7^2+11^2+13^2+17^2=666,

(1)

and satisfies the identity

phi(666)=6·6·6,

(2)

where phi is the totient function.