Numbers have been an important part of my life as a scientist, and that affliction occasionally has bordered on obsession. In fact, even calendars aren't immune. For example, I remember the euphoria of finally realizing, in middle age, that my birth day was a palindrome.
Thus, for me at least, today's date is noteworthy: 12-12-12. That category of triplication happens only a dozen times in each century (01-01-01, 02-02-02, 03-03-03, etc.). And today's occurrence is the last one until January 1, 2101, ... almost 90 years from now.
You probably are wondering at this moment how anyone could …