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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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What’s Next?: An Unorthodox Number Sequence

0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 9, 5, 1, 1, 0, 55, 55, 1, 0, 1, 9, ? What is the next number in the sequence?

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Albert Einstein On The Formula For Success In Life

One day, someone asked Albert Einstein whether he knows the mathematical formula for success in life. “If a is ‘success in life’, then the formula is, a equals x plus y plus z, where x represents ‘work’ and y represents … Continue reading

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Conundrum

The following couple of verses would be familiar to those who know the nursery rhyme As I was Going to St. Ives. As I was going to Handover Fists I met a man with seven wrists. The seven wrists had … Continue reading

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A Numerological Connection Between Louis Philippe I And Napoleon III?

In Borderland: A Quarterly Review and Index, Vol. 2, July 1895, I found the following numerological coincidences which involved the important events in the lives of Louis Phillipe and Napoleon III:

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Inconsistent Propositions

It was said that when mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was at a dinner party, he stated that “it is useless talking about inconsistent things, from an inconsistent proposition you can prove anything you like.” This can be illustrated … Continue reading

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Different Mathematical Perspectives

Here is a very simple match puzzle. Move just a single match to form a perfect square. This is indeed an easy puzzle. However, there are two ways to solve this and the solution depends on who’s solving the puzzle.

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