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## #1 2006-10-24 16:22:18

ganesh
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### The mutilated Chessboard

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutilated_chessboard

Doesn't that show how rigid we mathematicans are with proofs?

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## #2 2006-11-04 05:54:52

Patrick
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### Re: The mutilated Chessboard

I'm not sure why you think we're(mathematicians) are rigid based on that link, but it's an interresting way to solve the problem. I knew it beforehand though

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## #3 2006-11-04 07:48:00

Ricky
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### Re: The mutilated Chessboard

I agree with ganesh.  A typical person would try a bunch of ways, and after a while, give up concluding that there is no way to do it.

Come to think of it, my geometry teacher gave us this problem the first day of class when I was a freshman in highschool.  Pretty cool problem.

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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## #4 2006-11-04 10:08:12

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### Re: The mutilated Chessboard

How does this make mathematicians rigid though?

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## #5 2006-11-07 02:13:04

ganesh
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### Re: The mutilated Chessboard

Acceptance of proofs. Mathematicians no way accept a proof unless it passes the test 100%. Not 99.99%, only 100%.

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge - Enrico Fermi.

Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge - Stephen William Hawking.

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