# How to "wow" someone new to Python

Irmen de Jong irmen.NOSPAM at xs4all.nl
Thu Jan 22 00:46:52 CET 2015

```On 21-1-2015 20:06, Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 5:20 AM, Irmen de Jong <irmen.NOSPAM at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>> On 21-1-2015 18:59, Steve Hayes wrote:
>>
>>> 3. When I started to look at it, I found that strings could be any length and
>>> were not limited to swomething arbitrary, like 256 characters.
>>
>> Even more fun is that Python's primitive integer type (longs for older Python versions)
>> has no arbitrary limitation either.
>>
>> That amazed me at the time I discovered python :)
>
> I hadn't worked with length-limited strings in basically forever
> (technically BASIC has a length limit, but I never ran into it; and I
> never did much with Pascal), but you're right, arbitrary-precision
> integers would have impressed me a lot more if I hadn't first known
> REXX. So... is there a way to show that off efficiently? Normally, any
> calculation that goes beyond 2**32 has already gone way beyond most
> humans' ability to hold the numbers in their heads.
>
> ChrisA
>

Something silly that I just thought about  (Python 3):

number = 2 * 3 * 5 * 103    # okay.
number = number * 3120937 * 6977407 * 8431103    # hmm...
number = number * 70546381234168412430433268433712277793053956898109255590133639943
print("I know a huge number, it is:", number)
secret_message = number.to_bytes(37, "big")
print(secret_message)

Or perhaps: (after pip install pyprimes)

>>> number = 1402811054100763300785480817886711606823329164566977593890  # wow?
>>> import pyprimes.factors
>>> print(pyprimes.factors.factorise(number))
[2, 3, 5, 557, 1559, 3413, 6991, 27799, 41333, 52999, 104681, 247001, 992441, 1111211,
1299689]
>>>

Irmen

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