April 2013 – The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, I’m off to a one week vacation.  If you ask me if I will blog, yes I’ll probably have internet access at night (lol). Anyway, below is the list of the most popular posts that made it this month.

The Most Popular Posts

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How Old Was Diophantus?

Diophantus was a Greek mathematician and the author of Arithmetica.  He is famous for his Diophantine equations which eventually inspired Fermat to propose the Fermat’s Last Theorem. Little is known about him, and much of knowledge of his life is derived from a 5th century Greek anthology of games and puzzles.  One of this puzzles is known as his epitaph.

‘Here lies Diophantus,’ the wonder behold.
Through art algebraic, the stone tells how old:
‘God gave him his boyhood one-sixth of his life,
One twelfth more as youth while whiskers grew rife;
And then yet one-seventh ere marriage begun;
In five years there came a bouncing new son.
Alas, the dear child of master and sage
After attaining half the measure of his father’s life chill fate took him.
After consoling his fate by the science of numbers for four years, he ended his life.’

This means that Diophantus lived 1/6th of his life as youth, and then grew a beard after 1/12th of his life.  He married after 1/7th more of his life, and had a son five years later. His son lived as long as him, and Diophantus died four years after his son’s death.

Can you determine the age of Diophantus when he died?

10 Funny Math Quotes That Will Make You Giggle

Many of us find mathematics boring, so here are some funny math quotes that will make you smile or even giggle.

“Mathematics is made of 50 percent formulas, 50 percent proofs, and 50 percent imagination.”

Women have a passion for mathematics. They divide their age in half, double the price of their clothes, and always add at least five years to the age of their best friend.

“Small minds discuss persons. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. Really great minds discuss mathematics.”

“Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself any more.” — Albert Einstein » Read more

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