2-Mathematical Puzzles

Abstract: This is more of a mathematical workshop rather than a lecture; here we will uncover simplicity of modern, most widely used numbers for which Laplace said-

The ingenious method of expressing every possible number … emerged in India. The idea seems so simple nowadays that its significance and profound importance is no longer appreciated. Its simplicity lies in the way it facilitated calculation and placed arithmetic foremost amongst useful inventions. The importance of this invention is more readily appreciated when one considers that it was beyond the two greatest men of Antiquity, Archimedes and Apollonius.

It would be an attempt to understand what simplicity was that and how this understanding can help us solving these puzzles.

Speaker: Kapil
Venue: Committee Room, School of Languages, JNU, New Delhi .
Date and Time: 21st April 2012, 3:00 pm

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