# DR MATHS.

Byline: STEVE HUMBLE

Dear Dr Maths, I read with interest a column of yours about random events and how maths could predict the unpredictable.

It made me wonder if there were mathematical horoscopes to calculate your chance of finding Mr Right this Valentine's Day. Lucy, Gosforth. Numerologists believe that by using the numbers in your date of birth you can find out how romantically compatible you would be. This involves looking at the character traits of your star signs.

They call this your Destiny Number. The origins of this theory can be traced back to the 6th Century BC and the Greek Mathematician Pythagoras. He is remembered today for his rule connecting the sides of a right angled triangle. The square on the hypotenuse equals the sum of the squares on the other two sides. Pythagoras thought that by revealing the simple truths of the numbers one to nine, individuals would be able to know themselves better. Numerologists calculate the Destiny Number by adding together the numbers in a person's date of birth. For example, Matt Damon was born on October 8, 1970, therefore his calculation would be 8 + 1 + 0 + 1+ 9 + 7 + 0 which gives 26. Numerologists then add the digits until they get a single figure.

In the case of Matt Damon this gives eight (2+6). A typical eight result means that he is charming, confident and attractive. Cheryl Cole, pictured, was born on June 30, 1983. Her date of birth gives a score of 3+0+6+1+9+8+3 which adds up to 30. Adding the digits gives three (3+0). A typical three result means that the person is fun-loving and adventurous. Here are the basic numerology attributes so you can try for yourself. If you are interested in finding out more about numerology then go to www.numerology.org.uk Here is a question for you: What is the mathematical name of a heart shape? The first correct answer will win a copy of the book Mathematical Snacks, published by Tarquin.

Do you have a maths question or problem? Write to Dr Maths, Evening Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED or e-mail DRMaths@hotmail.co.uk