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The House That Math Built

written by: shimonbentzvi
 
Some trivial questions on the wonderful world of mathematics.

Question 1:


What do we call this sequence of numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 ...?
Lucas
Euler
Fibonacci
Gauss

Question 2:


What was the name of the man who invented logarithms?
Blaise Pascal
Rene Descartes
Robert Recorde
John Napier

Question 3:


Sir Isaac Newton developed his calculus and physics at what college?
Trinity
None
Oxford
Cambridge

Question 4:


Who was the teacher of Plato?
Thales
Aristotle
Archimedes
Socrates

Question 5:


Who wrote the first textbook on Geometry?
Euclid
Thales
Van Nostrand
Archimedes

Question 6:


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 ?
Sylvester beat the heck out of the student. Sylvester was a good 40 older than the student, but took no guff.
After a short beating, Sylvester's students broke up the fight. Sylvester spent a month in the hospital and returned to his duties.
The student's father demanded a duel with Sylvester because he had had the student arrested. Sylvester left for France the next night.
The student was arrested for assault, sent to prison for three years. Sylvester returned to England physically broken.

Question 7:


What sign flew over the school of Aristotle?
Es Will De garnish helfen
Know Thyself
Let no one unfamiliar with geometry enter
All for Knowledge

Question 8:


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?
5
4
3
2

Question 9:


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.
An angle greater than 180 degrees but less than 360 degrees.
Any angle greater than 360 degrees
The angle a telescope makes with the Earth

Question 10:


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.
1
3
0
2

 


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