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Aryabhatta?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Very good! Heard of him before?

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**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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Of course, Am I not an Indian?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Okay, did you know he calculated the size of the earth and was only off by about 100 kilometers 1500 years ago?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Has your friend told you his "proof" yet?

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

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Hi bobbym,

No, I didn't know that. How did he do this? Did he have a telescope?

Hi anonimnystefy,

No. I haven't gone to school yet. But I am excited. And this person is not a normal friend of mine, he is more of a stranger. He claims to have seen and identified me an year ago. But I never saw him.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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

He lived in the 4th or 5th century AD so it is unlikely that he had a telescope.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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Then, how?

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do not know but Eratosthenes measured it watching rays of sunlight shine down a well.

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I like is sieve more

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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

I do too but it iwas a great accomplishment to do that without any modern instruments.

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Will you please explain his method?

BTW I am going to school, hopefully I shall get enough time to meet the guy

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Will you please explain his method?

I do not know the method?

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You don't?

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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

I used to know but have forgotten. Or maybe, I just thought I knew.

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Today I couldn't meet him

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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

What did you do today?

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He is a tenth grader student and I am a ninth grader. The only time we can meet each other is the break. I was busy with Nky for a while and then when I went to his room, he wasn't there.

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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

I meant, did you do anything interesting today?

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Ya! I had been reading "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" as well as its game

Today I began with "The Restaurant at the End of The Universe"

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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

Learn anything in math today?

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Today is a country-wide strike over here

Wanna teach me something?

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Too general a question. Do you have something that you would like to know? If you can phrase it well then that means you understand it well enough to look at an answer.

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I recently read this transcripts

It was quite ok to understand

But, When I downloaded generatingfunctionology, the book was quite difficult. Is it my lack of attention?

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'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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But, When I downloaded generatingfunctionology, the book was quite difficult. Is it my lack of attention?

No, it is a difficult book. The fault is with the author. He starts by being generous, particularly the first two chapters. After that he goes into the usual mathematician mode of trying to impress his peers and baffle us.

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