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Six

Six (6) is the natural number following five and preceding seven.

Six is the second smallest composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2 and 3. Since six equals the sum of these proper divisors, six is a perfect number. The next perfect number is 28. Six is also a highly composite number. The next highly composite number is twelve.

The smallest non-abelian group is the symmetric group S3 which has 3! = 6 elements.

A six-sided polygon is a hexagon. A solid with six faces is a hexahedron (of which the cube is a special case).

Six is also:

  • Number Six was the main character in the television series The Prisoner.
  • "Six Geese a Laying".
  • One of the Winnie the Pooh books was entitled Now We Are Six
  • A 'six' is a shot in cricket such that the ball clears the boundary without bouncing.
  • A 'six' is the name of the smallest group of Cub Scouts[?], traditionally consisting of six people and is led by a 'sixer'. Logically speaking, this isn't always the case, particularly in packs with less than 6 Cub Scouts in it.
  • The number of musicians in a sextet[?].
  • The number of sides on a hexagon.
  • 666 is considered the Number of the Beast.


For the year AD 6, see 6.



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