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Is this funny?This certain math instructor was telling an anecdote about an admiral and his subordinates trying to figure out how to be sure to destroy an enemy target using a certain missile. Now the admiral explains to his men that the missile has a 1/3 chance of destroying the target. He mistakenly states therefore it will take 3 missiles to definitely destroy the target. One of the subordinates is asked if that is correct. He reasons that each missile has a 1/3 chance so he punches into his calculator .3333333333+.3333333333+.3333333333=.9999999999. This he correctly states is slightly less than 1 so it will take a little bit more than 3 missiles to definitely destroy the target. 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. #2 20090803 16:08:39
Re: Is this funny?An example of Military Intelligence? "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #3 20090803 23:48:11
Re: Is this funny?You meant he incorrectly states right? "Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true." Bertrand Russell #4 20090804 00:09:44
Re: Is this funny?Hi Ubergeek; Last edited by bobbym (20090804 09:23:05) 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. #5 20090804 07:29:32
Re: Is this funny?So long as they are terminating decimals. "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #6 20090804 09:22:04
Re: Is this funny?Hi; 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. #7 20090804 12:28:46
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I think it may be so. Either way, isn't the difference way to little to take another missile to destroy the target? I mean, you don't have to pulverize it all, the difference of 0.9999999999 to 1 can't mean anything relevant. "Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true." Bertrand Russell #8 20090804 12:53:09
Re: Is this funny?Hi Ubergeek; Last edited by bobbym (20090804 17:27:39) 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. #9 20090805 08:23:22
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Lol, that's true. I got so caugh up in the decimal thing I didn't realized the joke was on the probability. Thanks for clarifying bobbym. "Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true." Bertrand Russell #10 20090806 01:16:41
Re: Is this funny?Hi Ubergeek; Last edited by bobbym (20090806 04:25:31) 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. 