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

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

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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.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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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.

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

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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

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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.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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That may be.I also wonder why I always mixed Gauss and Euler.

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

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Me too!

I like him the most of all mathematicians.

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

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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: The Foundation
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Who are others?

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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: The Foundation
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One of those has a funny name.I know only half of those.

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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: The Foundation
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How do you know he's one of your favourites if you don't know who he is.

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

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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But you are that guy !

Btw, I wrote this whole post with my nose.

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

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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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.

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

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

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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?**

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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;

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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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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