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The House That Math Built
Some trivial questions on the wonderful world of mathematics.
What do we call this sequence of numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 ...?
What was the name of the man who invented logarithms?
Sir Isaac Newton developed his calculus and physics at what college?
Who was the teacher of Plato?
Who wrote the first textbook on Geometry?
In order to boost their math department , the University of Virginia, a great school, imported the great British mathematician J.J. Sylvester to become a part of the school. He agreed. Almost everyone loved him, his lectures, his motivational talks, etc. Everyone, except for the only student who got a "C" from him. Besides some lewd talk and anti-semitic rants, the student took a stump and attacked Sylvester. What happened next ?
The student's father demanded a duel with Sylvester because he had had the student arrested. Sylvester left for France the next night.
Sylvester beat the heck out of the student. Sylvester was a good 40 older than the student, but took no guff.
The student was arrested for assault, sent to prison for three years. Sylvester returned to England physically broken.
After a short beating, Sylvester's students broke up the fight. Sylvester spent a month in the hospital and returned to his duties.
What sign flew over the school of Aristotle?
Let no one unfamiliar with geometry enter
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All for Knowledge
Of all of the Postulates of Euclid, one stood out as a big sticking point. To this day it involves such things as space travel, physics, and triangles. Which postulate was it?
We all know what acute angles, obtuse angles, right angles, and straight angles are, but what is a reflex angle?
The angle you need to look a fish in the eye.
The angle a telescope makes with the Earth
An angle greater than 180 degrees but less than 360 degrees.
Any angle greater than 360 degrees
How many of these statements are true:
- negative one has no square root
- the logarithm of negative one is negative
- the reciprocal of negative one is positive one
- positive one to the negative one power is one.
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