On the bright side

Seventy-two is the sum of four consecutive primes (13 + 17 + 19 + 23), as well as the sum of six consecutive primes (5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19). Seventy-two is also the age, as of today, of Marilyn vos Savant, columnist for Parade magazine, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under “Highest IQ.” (The Book no longer lists this category, having decided that IQ tests were too unreliable to designate a single record holder; Marilyn’s scores varied over a 42-point range, which is consistent with my own scores, even though by comparison I’m dumb as a post.)

Anyway, the tiny picture in Parade doesn’t really do her justice:

Marilyn vos Savant, decently lit

Marilyn vos Savant, perhaps not so well lit

Marilyn vos Savant on the cover of Parade with husband Robert Jarvik

Dr. Robert Jarvik, one of the developers of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart, proposed in 1987; she accepted. (He’s her third husband; they’re still together after forty years.)

In 1986, the year she was first lauded by Guinness, she sat for a one-hour interview with New York TV host Harold Channer; I’d say she handles him well.

Vos Savant has written ten books, one with the evocative title Of Course I’m for Monogamy: I’m Also for Everlasting Peace and an End to Taxes (2006).


  1. McGehee »

    11 August 2018 · 10:32 pm


  2. Roger Green »

    12 August 2018 · 5:49 am

    MATH! PARADE used to be such a vital part of my Sunday reading. I still read her column, but the rest is barely worth it

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