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Actually brprince is right. You wouldn`t be able to to use 0 to narrow down the last digit of pi as 0 can`t be used as such. That leaves you with only 1-9.
the nine numbers i can narrow it down to are as follows:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
if you need to ask why, dont try and take maths at uni, it wont end well for you.
And it seriously just doesn`t sound like it would flow well to say "maths..."
It just doesn`t feel as fluid... Whatever, they can have their tongue, I`ll have mine. Not like I`ll ever intentionally speak with a Brit about math anyway...
This kid just proved himself a damn genius and you can`t even use proper grammar in your article about him?
okay you don`t have to be douchey about it.it`s called `colloquialism`england says `maths` we say `math`
In case you haven`t noticed yet, English does vary between US and England.
I`ve heard it quite a few times, so I assumed it was a regional thingie.
Really? which 9?
I can narrow it down to one of ten possible numbers. "
You win the internet.
on a side note, chuck norris IS boning your sister, enough said.
I can narrow it down to one of ten possible numbers.
You mean he can only bone half of the female population at any one time? How pathetic.
On the other hand, he`s still amazing to come up with the simplification on his own!
Can someone please ban this spammer?
Yep, indeed that`s how things are. But for the kid to realize this at that level, with no help? I`m impressed, regardless whether it`s new or old.
Saw it a while back.
The teachers failed though. Sweden, the country behind Law of Jante (it doesn`t mean nything really, it`s just a name), can be so friggin slow to realize potential. The "Law" basically states that you are nobody. Nobody is interested in what you do, and you probably suck at it anyway. So don`t bother to make a show of it.
Which is why people around you talk down to you, like you`re a little child, as soon as you see/discover/invent something awesome. Except, of course, when it has gone public and is the norm, then suddenly EVERYONE was supportive of you during your hard times. They were there...
Man I hate that social piece of "etiquette".
in other words...
Iraqi teen tackles maths puzzle, but not the first: university: "Senior lecturer Jan-Aake Lindhal verified the formula, but added that although correct, it was well known and readily available in several databases," the statement said. - yahoo news
As for the story, I wouldn`t give it too much credibility until it is reviewed internationally, not just in Sweden.
"What about the last digit of pi?"
Finding the `last digit of pi` (if there was such a thing) would not be a problem, it would be an exercise. There is a distinct difference.
Unfortunately, when most people think of mathematics, it is restricted to a very small portion of number theory, a really small portion of linear algebra, and few get beyond an extremely small portion of real analysis (ie calculus). There are entire fields of mathematics that only distantly reference numbers, some that only use numbers as a way of comparing abstract objects, and some that have nothing to do with numbers at all.
Also, there are many statements that we know can neither be proven nor disproven, such as the Axiom of Choice.
The problem in this case is not in finding the answer, but in asking the question. The answer is, in fact, well known.
"After going through his notebooks, the professors found his work was indeed correct and offered him a place in Uppsala." turned out to be wrong. apparently they said it has been cracked for a while, and that they didnt offer him a thing.
...which is wrong anyway.
Like the answer to all other questions, it is obviously 42.
I`ll let you ponder that statement for a second and count how many levels that is wrong on.
What about the last digit of pi?
This is why we have to remain skeptical. I certainly was, since the chance that a 16yr old would solve that problem is astronomical. Still a clever kid - just don`t believe everything you read.
After Paul1582`s comment, nevermind. He isn`t the genius everyone thought.
Move along people, nothing to see here.
Holy sh*t guys I think we found the Messiah.