Category Archives: Mathematics

Full Circle

Place 24 pigs in these sties so that, no matter how many times one circles the sties, he always find that the number in each sty is closer to 10 than the number in the previous one. Advertisements

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A Zero Vector’s Woe

Here is an offbeat poem which was written by Eileen Tupaz, a then student of Ateneo University (Philippines): i’m tired of being a zero vector i’m tired of being a zero vector with no direction no dimension and no magnitude; … Continue reading

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The First Odd Number In The Dictionary

Suppose that each number from 1 to 10,000,000,000 written in English and then alphabetically arranged (as in a dictionary) while ignoring spaces and hyphens. What would be the first odd number in the list?

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Curious Number Substrings

If you add all the substrings of 891, the sum is 198, which is the reverse of 891: 891 → 8 + 9 + 1 + 89 + 91 = 198 This is the only 3-digit number that has this … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #55

The Sword and the Pen The sword of the warrior was taken down for the purpose of being polished. It had not been long out of use. The rust was rubbed off, but there were spots that would not go; … Continue reading

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A Hecatomb Of Oxen Or: Pythagoras’s Sacrifice

“Pythagoreans Celebrate the Sunrise” by Fyodor Bronnikov 1869 Legend has it that when the Greek philosopher Pythagoras discovered the Pythagorean theorem (the famous right-triangle theorem you probably first heard in algebra class then never heard it again until now), he … Continue reading

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Pun Of The Weak: Mathematical Feud

Two mathematicians arguing about even numbers were at odds. One of them was an exponent of his own powers and other just used strange expressions. As the arguments continued, they became irrational. Those who witnessed their negative attitudes were nonplussed. … Continue reading

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