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The Spirit of Mathematics

1. Numbers rule the universe.

2. God made integers, all the rest is the work of man.

3. The mathematician invents so that the scientist may discover.

4. The crucial steps in the intellectual adventure of solving problems are

  • a dive from the world of reality into the world of mathematics.
  • a swim in the world of mathematics.
  • a climb from the world of mathematics back to the world of reality carrying the prediction in our teeth.

- Pythagoras

- Kronecker

 

 

 

 

- Synge

Roumi, Kajal
[Infinity]

 

Human Computer

Calculating prodigies have often enthralled the whole world with their unparalleled feats.

  1. Banglore-based Smt.Shakuntala Devi ,demonstrated the multiplication of two thirteen digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 X 2,465,099,745,799 picked at random by the computer department of Imperial College , London on 18th June1980 in 28 seconds .Her correct answer was 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730.
  2. Prof.Hardy walked into the hospital in England where Srinivasan Ramanujam ,the Indian mathematical wizard was laid up. During the conversation ,the professor casually asked Ramanujam whether he found anything particular about the number of the cab in which he drove down. The number was 1729 . Ramanujam immediately replied "Yes . It is a fascinating number . It is the smallest number which can be expressed as the sum of two cubes in two different ways.(1729=13 + 12 3 = 9 3 + 10 3 )
  3. The fastest extraction of a 13th root from a hundred digit number is in 1 min 28.8 sec by Williem Klien (Netherlands) on 7th April 1981 at the National Laboratory of High Energy Physics , Japan.

Devendra Parihar
[Octopi]

 

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