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## #1 2007-01-30 20:58:48

helios
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### Einstein's formula

This is not new, but it still may be unfamiliar to some. It was told  that Albert Einstein had a formula for everything. A couple of his students decided to come up with something they thought would be impossible for him to make a formula for and prove he had limitations. So one day after a class they approached him at his desk in front of the classroom. Professor Einstein, they said, can you tell us the formula for a sniff? He thought for a minute, then stood up, and said, sure. He took a piece of chalk and to their amazement began writing confidently on the blackboard. This is what he wrote: 8L + 2 dots, + 2 triangles + 2 rectangles + 8L = 1 sniff. Can anyone decipher Einstein's formula?

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## #2 2007-01-30 21:16:06

Toast
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What's a sniff?

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## #3 2007-01-30 21:38:23

MathsIsFun
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### Re: Einstein's formula

Toast wrote:

What's a sniff?

One third of a snort.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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## #4 2007-01-30 23:00:49

soha
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### Re: Einstein's formula

whats  snort

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## #5 2007-01-31 00:03:10

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### Re: Einstein's formula

soha wrote:

whats  snort

One third of a sneeze.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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## #6 2007-01-31 05:24:57

luca-deltodesco
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### Re: Einstein's formula

lol mathsisfun

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## #7 2007-01-31 10:41:59

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### Re: Einstein's formula

lol

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most people make mistakes, butt not me!
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## #8 2007-01-31 23:07:58

soha
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### Re: Einstein's formula

This  Joke Is Not Understandable For Me

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## #9 2007-01-31 23:48:46

MathsIsFun
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### Re: Einstein's formula

Sorry, soha, I moved away from the original topic

A sniff is when you breathe quickly in through your nose (or the sound that makes). You sniff when you want to smell something, or when you have a cold.

A snort is a rough noise made with your nose. Pigs snort for example.

But to get back on topic ... can anyone solve helios' puzzle?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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## #10 2007-02-01 01:02:52

mathsyperson
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### Re: Einstein's formula

The only bit of it that I can decipher is that the two dots might mean nostrils.

Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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## #11 2014-07-03 01:13:05

Didi Martin
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### Re: Einstein's formula

The mathematical formula as noted above is slightly in error.  I have written the formula many times to entertain friends. It is:

2 rectangles + 2 o's + 2 triangles + 2C / 8L   -or-

2 rectangles + 2 o's + 2 triangles + 2C
----------------------------------------------
8L

I guess I'll have to create a graphic for it.  It's fun...

8-)

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## #12 2014-07-03 22:08:52

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### Re: Einstein's formula

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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## #13 2015-01-24 02:31:51

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lol =>

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## #14 2015-12-14 11:27:19

Monox D. I-Fly
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### Re: Einstein's formula

mathsyperson wrote:

The only bit of it that I can decipher is that the two dots might mean nostrils.

So, "triangle" means "nose"? And since there are two triangles then they have two noses?

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## #15 2015-12-19 10:28:24

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### Re: Einstein's formula

Monox, you were getting warm!

Last edited by Solvitur ambulando (2016-01-09 14:33:03)

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## #16 2015-12-19 23:29:14

Monox D. I-Fly
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### Re: Einstein's formula

How did you know that? It doesn't seem to be a popular riddle.

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## #17 2015-12-20 08:39:56

Solvitur ambulando
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### Re: Einstein's formula

I figured it out but I can't remember how exactly. I thought about it for some time and considered the various ways in which the formula could be interpreted.