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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 ...?
Euler
Gauss
Fibonacci
Lucas

Question 2:


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

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


Who was the teacher of Plato?
Thales
Socrates
Aristotle
Archimedes

Question 5:


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

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 ?
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.

Question 7:


What sign flew over the school of Aristotle?
Let no one unfamiliar with geometry enter
Es Will De garnish helfen
Know Thyself
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?
2
3
4
5

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.
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

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
2
0

 


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