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#1 2013-08-20 19:04:32

Amartyanil
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Geometrical Progression

Hi;

There is Sukumar Ray's story on GP:


"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible." -Albert Einstein

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#2 2013-08-20 19:45:41

Amartyanil
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Re: Geometrical Progression

Once upon a time, there was a king. The king was rich but he did not want to give anything to the people. In that time, all the people are suffering from famine.

They came to the king's palace and said, "Your majesty, we are suffering from a famine. Please, give us such money."
The king replied, "Sorry! We have a very little money and we cannot give these money to you!"
The visitors escaped from the palace

Now a  clever sage came to the court and said, "I will stay here for some months. Today, you have to give me 5 paise, but on the next day, I will take its double."
The king said, "Of course you can take my money!"

A month has gone. The king sent his mathematician to  calculate how much money will be spent on the 30th day to pay the sage.
The mathematician came. He was panting. The king said, "Why are you panting?"
The mathematician replied, "The amount of money to spent has gone into about Rs. 5 lakhs(10^5)."
The king said, "The spending of money cannot reach at Rs. 5 lakhs. Are you mad!"
Then the king saw the expenditure log book and he fainted. When he returned into conseiousness, the sage said, "The people are suffering from famine and you are not helping them. You have to help them."
The king replied, "I am giving money to the people." The sage gave all the money that he wanted from the king.
The king summoned all the people who are suffering from famine and gave money to the people.


"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible." -Albert Einstein

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#3 2013-08-21 07:17:03

bobbym
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Re: Geometrical Progression

Sounds like the checker board story.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#4 2013-08-21 13:32:34

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Re: Geometrical Progression

What is it?


'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
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#5 2013-08-21 13:44:13

bobbym
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Re: Geometrical Progression

I have to tell the story from memory because I was very young when this happened.

It was circa 800AD and some king of Persia was approached by a mathematician who agreed to do a job for the king but in exchange for payment he only asked for a very humble gift. He asked that the first square of a chessboard be paid by one grain of wheat. The second by 2, the third by 4 and so on. The king agreed and both walked away thinking what a dummy the other was.

When it became time to pay it quickly showed that the king needed an impossible amount of wheat to pay for all 64 squares.

The story does not have a happy ending. The king just had the mathematician beheaded instead of paying. So we see that the king was right, the guy was a dummy.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#6 2013-08-23 00:19:01

Amartyanil
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Re: Geometrical Progression

What means "circa"?

You said that you are too young at that time? Do you lived at that time?


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#7 2013-08-23 00:25:31

ShivamS
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Re: Geometrical Progression

Haha, I doubt he meant that. He was just young when he heard the story.

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#8 2013-08-23 01:01:28

bobbym
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Re: Geometrical Progression

Hi Amartyanil;

It is Latin ( means around or about ) and means approximately in English.

I was being funny. I was not really alive in those days.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#9 2013-08-28 16:14:20

Amartyanil
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Re: Geometrical Progression

Hi bobbym;

Circa means year?


"The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible." -Albert Einstein

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#10 2013-08-28 16:16:08

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Re: Geometrical Progression

means around or about


'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
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