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  • "The thing to celebrate on a day like 12/12/12 is the fact that the human mind is capable of discerning patterns," said Edward Burger, a professor of mathematics at Williams College in Massachusetts. "It's why we create amazing pieces of music, why we create amazing works of art and why we create amazing ideas."

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