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Undue Obsession I

I was thinking about the Math question from last night and I can't think of why that solution works. This is how the text book's example does it, so I just helped my brother with that solution. I didn't want him to get all confused by showing him how to do it a different way.

It must be a shortcut that's been derived from some principle that I don't know about. I've turned Anonymous Posting back on, so that Boss-Friend can say something if he's so inclined =) =)

Boss-Friend is an Uber-Math guy. He's my Secondary Hero. =D My Primary Hero, though, is Father Man. He's the Lord High God of the Mathematical Universe.

Anyway... I'm trying to prove that I can do it the way that makes sense to me...


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badkarma_05
Oct. 22nd, 2001 02:26 am (UTC)
Math is that thing with all the numbers, right?
bride
Oct. 22nd, 2001 09:08 am (UTC)
Nope, that's Accounting.

Math is the thing with letters, numbers and Greek. =)
badkarma_05
Oct. 22nd, 2001 09:37 am (UTC)
I thought it sounded vaguely familiar from your previous description. But you say there's Greek too? In that case, I'm completely unfamilar with it. I must have been thinking of something else. :)
bride
Oct. 22nd, 2001 10:45 am (UTC)
Hee, Greek only comes into it when you run out of letters and you absolutely need more.

Just like when you run out of one-digit numbers, you need more and you can't use letters because they're used for other stuff. Then you use something like "bleem". You'd count like this:

one, two, three, bleem, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.

But I guess the caveat is that you'd have to totally re-define addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before you can do anything else.

Hey, why not? Andrew John Wiles created his own branch of Mathematics so that Fermat's Last Theorem fell out as a corollary. =)
badkarma_05
Oct. 22nd, 2001 10:58 am (UTC)
* blink * blink * blink *

Was Andrew John Wiles the guy that wrote The Book of Mormon?
bride
Oct. 22nd, 2001 11:03 am (UTC)
Andrew John Wiles
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