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Math Brains-(3) Irrational Pythagoras

July 25, 2013 by

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Pythagoras firmly believed that everything in the world can be represented by a number. The number system during his days didn’t include irrational numbers like square root of 2.  Here goes a story which is believed to be true. Once Pythagoras and his followers were on a boat in mid sea. One of his followers […]

Maths brains (II) – Naming uncertainty.

July 23, 2013 by

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If you have studied even a page of information theory, with certainty I would bet that you have come across Shannon. The entire field is a result of his work. Uncertainty is omnipresent, yet it wasn’t quantified, until Shannon found mathematical equations to describe them. He was thinking over a name for uncertainty. Since by knowing […]

Define a circle?

May 27, 2013 by

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The daughter of a friend of mine went for school admissions and she was asked to define a circle. She is moving from Class 5 to Class 6. She drew a circle and explained a bit about what a circle is. When this friend mentioned to me about this, I started thinking, “How do I […]

Nothing equals to zero?- Maths brains

April 14, 2013 by

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This is from the school days of our very own Srinivasa Ramanujam. By the time he was in third grade his thinking was good enough to surprise and challenge his teachers. One day his maths teacher pointed out that anything divided by itself was one. Divide three fruits among three people, he was saying and […]

The cautious minds! – Maths Brains

April 8, 2013 by

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Mathematicians are always known for their capability to reason for they overcome their other limitations through reasoning. During one of the talks in a recent symposium, we were told about Mandel Brot. He is bit of an absent minded guy and was aware of it. That was the day they were moving to a new […]

To pray or meditate?

February 27, 2013 by

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Conventional wisdom tells us that we perceive this world through our senses. In other words, senses help us ‘make sense’ of this world.  However, in reality, the very senses that help us perceive this world, also deceive our perception. Such distortions have, over a period of time, neutralized our ability to contemplate. For contemplation involves […]

2012 in review

January 4, 2013 by

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.