pls share a memorable quote (or joke) related to math...
On 7/16/2022 1:44 PM, henh...@gmail.com wrote:
pls share a memorable quote (or joke) related to math...
Yet what are all such gaieties to me,
whose thoughts are full of indices and surds?
x^2 + 7x + 53
= 11/3
-- Lewis Carroll
On 7/16/2022 1:44 PM, henh...@gmail.com wrote:
pls share a memorable quote (or joke) related to math...
"It's not obvious." -- John Horton Conway
(Or perhaps "It isn't obvious." My memory is imperfect, and I've
been unable to locate the source -- it must have been among Martin
Gardner's writings; perhaps someone else will come up with the
accurate quote and the correct context. Anyhow, the imperfectly-
recalled scenario went somewhat like this: Gardner was speaking to
Conway at a party or something, and told him of a construction or
puzzle someone else had come up with -- something to do with a
generalization of N-ominoes, possibly. Gardner mentioned that the originator was still struggling with a question concerning the three-dimensional analogs of his construction -- maybe "Can they
tile three-space?" -- and Conway immediately said "Well, it's
obvious that..." and broke off. He maintained silence for some
macroscopic time span during which Gardner wondered what magical
realms of higher thought Conway might be exploring, then finally
remarked "It's not obvious" and walked away.)
(If you're the first to run down the original story, I will donate
one thousand electrons to the charity of your choosing.)
pls share a memorable quote (or joke) related to math...
On 7/16/2022 1:44 PM, henh...@gmail.com wrote:
pls share a memorable quote (or joke) related to math...
Yet what are all such gaieties to me,
whose thoughts are full of indices and surds?
x^2 + 7x + 53
= 11/3
-- Lewis Carroll
(12+144+20+3sqrt(4))/7 +5(11)=9^2
A dozen, a gross, plus a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared (and not a bit more).
(12+144+20+3sqrt(4))/7 +5(11)=9^2
A dozen, a gross, plus a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared (and not a bit more).
pls share a memorable quote (or joke) related to math...
"[xkcd] means calling the Ackermann function with Graham's number as
the arguments just to horrify mathematicians."
On 17/07/2022 1:18 am, Eric Sosman wrote:
On 7/16/2022 1:44 PM, henh...@gmail.com wrote:
pls share a memorable quote (or joke) related to math...
"It's not obvious." -- John Horton Conway
(Or perhaps "It isn't obvious." My memory is imperfect, and I've
been unable to locate the source -- it must have been among Martin Gardner's writings; perhaps someone else will come up with the
accurate quote and the correct context. Anyhow, the imperfectly-
recalled scenario went somewhat like this: Gardner was speaking to
Conway at a party or something, and told him of a construction or
puzzle someone else had come up with -- something to do with a generalization of N-ominoes, possibly. Gardner mentioned that the originator was still struggling with a question concerning the three-dimensional analogs of his construction -- maybe "Can they
tile three-space?" -- and Conway immediately said "Well, it's
obvious that..." and broke off. He maintained silence for some
macroscopic time span during which Gardner wondered what magical
realms of higher thought Conway might be exploring, then finally
remarked "It's not obvious" and walked away.)
(If you're the first to run down the original story, I will donate
one thousand electrons to the charity of your choosing.)
Try Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games: The Entire Collection of
His "Scientific American" Columns. Just saying it's worth a look,
not that it's definitely in there.
It's a story I have always treasured, but evidently not enough.
--
On Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 6:05:01 PM UTC-7, Richard Heathfield wrote:
On 17/07/2022 1:18 am, Eric Sosman wrote:
On 7/16/2022 1:44 PM, henh...@gmail.com wrote:
pls share a memorable quote (or joke) related to math...
"It's not obvious." -- John Horton Conway
(Or perhaps "It isn't obvious." My memory is imperfect, and I've
been unable to locate the source -- it must have been among Martin
Gardner's writings; perhaps someone else will come up with the
accurate quote and the correct context. Anyhow, the imperfectly-
recalled scenario went somewhat like this: Gardner was speaking to
Conway at a party or something, and told him of a construction or
puzzle someone else had come up with -- something to do with a
generalization of N-ominoes, possibly. Gardner mentioned that the
originator was still struggling with a question concerning the
three-dimensional analogs of his construction -- maybe "Can they
tile three-space?" -- and Conway immediately said "Well, it's
obvious that..." and broke off. He maintained silence for some
macroscopic time span during which Gardner wondered what magical
realms of higher thought Conway might be exploring, then finally
remarked "It's not obvious" and walked away.)
(If you're the first to run down the original story, I will donate
one thousand electrons to the charity of your choosing.)
Try Martin Gardner's Mathematical Games: The Entire Collection of
His "Scientific American" Columns. Just saying it's worth a look,
not that it's definitely in there.
It's a story I have always treasured, but evidently not enough.
--
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Martin Gardner's
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