Ok, I never thought I'd say this but KIDNEY STONES ROXXOR TEH BIG ONEZ!!!111

]]>In Medicine a calculus is, for example, a kidney stone!

And on the subject of proofs, I remember some mathamatician, on being asked how he developed his special proof, said (and I can't remember his actual words but they were something like:)

"well, really I had this sudden idea while travelling on the bus ... it then took me months to work backwards from that idea ... then I had to make it look like I had worked it all out forwards"

]]>The word calculus once meant "stone." I guess whoever named it thought it was heavy, too!

]]>Another thing I'd like to know is where the names "algebra" and "calculus" came from. Trigonometry is obvious but algebra and calculus, dunno. While we're on the subject, how do we define "algebra" and "calculus"? Algebra might be called the study of equations? Calculus, studying magic? :-D

]]>I need a downloadable version of CARL.B.BOYER's book, it's title is "a history of mathematics"!

please help me!]]>