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Sat 10 Dec 16 #1 
jmaxg
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To jerks like you and me, an equation like 1+4=5 is no big deal.

But, of course to mathematicians, there are variations. For instance, 3+1+1=5 or 1+1+1+1+1=5 or 2+1+2=5.

In fact, relative to that single computation involving addition? There are 201,175 different calculation statements that lead to the same conclusion....an early example of "partition" theory.

How is that known? Because of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician born 22 December 1887 who was later made a Royal Fellow of the College of Trininty.

He also provided a way to define the decimal points relative to Pi using only odd numbers (squared) and multiples of six. A pattern that had never been defined up till that point.

Purely as an observation, I can only wish my work could be as good as that.




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Sat 10 Dec 16 #2 
jmaxg
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Now, if only he could define factoring.

I get that 35 is 5 x 7 and that is it's simplest definition.

But how do you factor 1,371 or any other large random number? Where the hell do you start?

I feel like I am missing something during my Community College algebra course because they never taught that although I thought it was pertinent.

Ok egg heads, how does one define factors of very large numbers?

And if the answer is divide by two and keep going, you can truly see why that is annoying.




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