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Friday 18 January 2013, 8:54 pm   //////  

Now online: “The First M Numbers Classified in Alphabetical Order.”

This was my New Year’s poem for 2013. It is based on Claude Closky’s 1989 “Les 1000 premiers nombres classés par ordre alphabétique” [The First 1000 Numbers Classified in Alphabetical Order], which he laser printed and which begins this way:

From Closky's The First 1000 Numbers Classified in Alphabetical Order

A full image of the first page spread (which is the source for the image above), and more context for this work, is available on this page.

The printed copies of my “The First M…” were dot-matrix printed on two connected sheets of fanfold paper. In the printout, as online, I included the program as well as the output.


  1. This reminds me of Starship Titanic. When the computer game came out, there was a simultaneous release of a novelization by Terry Jones. The full (sort of) novel was available online, but the words were sorted alphabetically.


    Comment by salty-horse — 2013-01-22 @ 2:34 pm
  2. One step closer to making a real-life Encyclopedia of Numbers. http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/86864/detail/

    Comment by Adam — 2013-04-04 @ 1:22 am

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