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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Why is that?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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I don't know.Maybe because he was always behind Euler.Whatever Euler did this one also did, but worse.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Not exactly. He along with Descartes is the father of Analytical geometry. He and Pascal did the first work that we now call Probaility. He developed a rudimentary calculus before Newton and Leibniz. As a number theorist he was one of the best that ever lived.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.****No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. **

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Still, I think lesser of him that of other mathematicians.Maybe that's just because in our literature he is very much presented as a guy who was often wrong.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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About what?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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About his answers to some problems. Most of them are said to have their first answers given correctly by Euler.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Those were to conjectures he formed. That does not detract from his many great contributions. If he was not one of the great mathematicians of all time, he certainly was the greatest amateur one.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.****No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. **

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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That may be.I also wonder why I always mixed Gauss and Euler.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Personally, I like Euler better.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.****No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. **

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Me too!

I like him the most of all mathematicians.

*Last edited by anonimnystefy (2012-03-05 10:30:35)*

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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One of mine as well.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Who are others?

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Abraham DeMoivre, Herbert S. Wilf, Doron Zeilberger, Kummer, Fermat, Legendre, Lagrange, Forman S. Acton.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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One of those has a funny name.I know only half of those.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Heck, I only know a third of them. Who the heck is Wilf?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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How do you know he's one of your favourites if you don't know who he is.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not, let's ask the guy in post 1389.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.****No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. **

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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But you are that guy !

Btw, I wrote this whole post with my nose.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Make sure you clean that keyboard up.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.****No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. **

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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It's on my touch screen mobile phone keyboard, so it's even more disguising, but at least I get to brag about it.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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And where is your desktop?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.****No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. **

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**New problem!**

**A gambler plays a game with a rookie. They agree to flip a coin with an even money payoff. That is, if the gambler bets .25 he wins .25 on heads and loses .25 on tails. The coin is biased with P(heads) = .53 and P(tails)=.47. The gambler takes heads and the rookie takes tails. If the gambler loses all his money the game is over. The gambler has been running bad so his bankroll is only one dollar! What fraction of the gamblers bankroll should he bet on each flip to maximize his profit?**

**A says)Ridiculous question. Bet it all each time! You have the edge. More money bet means bigger profit.**

**B says)Not necessarily, there is a mathematical rule that**

**C says)Oh, shut up B. A is correct. Bet it all each time!**

**D says) I have heard of that rule, but I do not understand it. **

**E says) It is silly to bet it all. You could lose on the first bet and make nothing at all. The correct idea is to try not to go broke. Then you will earn a steady profit.**

**What would you do?**

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.****No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. **

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.****No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. **

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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