It’s National Mathematics Day on December 22nd and to celebrate the world of numbers would be such fun. And no matter how much you might dread the maze of digits, they do hold much awe. Read on to celebrate your rendezvous with figures in style!
Suffering from… ‘maths’!
If you are someone who have always been at loggerheads with the world of numbers, then rejoice, you aren’t alone. There even exists a term that recognizes (the fear of) maths as an ‘ailment’- Dyscalculia that understandably ails a huge majority of the population in the universe.
Believe it or not, even your favorite pizza is bound to mathematics in ways you can’t even imagine. A pizza that has radius “z” and height “a” has volume Pi × z × z × a. No maths and you won’t ever be able to eat your cheesy slice again. Well, not really, but pizza goes well with drama, and as we discovered now with mathematics as well!
The rigid digits of nature
The Fibonacci sequence is perhaps the most natural of things in mathematics. This particular phenomenon continuously recurrs in nature and one of its most striking manifestations is the multi colored rose.
It can be explained thus: If a rose stem is cut 4x vertically and each part soaked in a different colored dye you can get a rainbow rose. Try this out and watch in wonder at this mathematical genius of a rose!
Pi is perhaps the most common of numbers in the mathematical world. No wonder then pi encompasses numeral facts within its never ending universe-
The value of pi correct to two decimal places is 3.14 which when written backward looks like the word pie! Enough food for thought!
Inspite of its never ending sequence of recurrence, the value of pi was intended to be calculated by, surprisingly, an American linguist and anthropologist William Hanks. Imagine his plight when after painstakingly calculating up to a whopping 701 places, he discovered that he did a blooper at the 528th digit! What a pity!
And if you thought that pi has proven to be a headache only for lesser mortals, then you are so wrong! Computing the value of Pi is a Stress test even for a technologically superior computer.
Humongous mathematical calculations are not only tedious, they are pretty unreal too. At least that’s what we believe if we take into account the curious case of the Googolplex. Interpreted as 10 to the power of 10 to the power of 100, the Googolplex calculation yields a number that just falls short of the entire space in the universe if you make attempts to scribble it down (as if you can)!
You might be turning to Google every time some mathematical problem leaves you baffled and not amused. But even Google is a product of mathematics. The search engine’s name is actually a misspelling of the word Googol, derived from Googolplex.
Students who chew gum have known to do better in math than those who do not. There’s probably this correlation between chewing gum and concentration that makes it so much of a staple in the cricketing ground and now, in the world of numbers.
The legends at play
And if you thought you suck at maths because you have spent a whole lot of time and have still failed in mastering the nuances of calculus, then you might not be so wrong! Because Issac Newton would have finished discovering the entire complicated set of calculus and its theories by the time you have even got to its basics.
Greek legend Pythagoras must be laughing his way to all the fame he has garnered additionally with the Pythagoras theorem. Because there for sure is no evidence whatsoever whether the theorem is actually the handiwork of the person after which it is named.
The paradox of numbers
Mathematics is basically paradoxes galore. Not only would you be flabbergasted by the complexities this entire universe of numbers with holds but also by the many paradoxes that rule its operations.
The Friendship Paradox is perhaps the most interesting of mathematical theories that find its way into practice. According to this particular theorem, your friends probably have more friends than you do. So now that you have enough reason to sob, try crying on a maze of numbers to clean up the mess!
The Pea and the Sun paradox remains to this date one of the most intriguing of mathematical theories that believes and proves that something can be created even out of nothing! That’s not only perplexing but also perhaps destroys the whole notion of matter existing in different forms, albeit being the same element!
Friends, peas and the Sun and now potatoes. Seriously, does there exist anything that is strictly outside the ambit of mathematics? Perhaps not. The Potato Paradox for one is a mathematical calculation with a counter-intuitive result, that involves ‘dehydrating’ potatoes by a seemingly minuscule amount, and then calculating a change in mass which is larger than expected.
None of us have particularly been concerned about any further breakdown of already the smallest positive integer 1. But 1 actually is a blessing of sorts in the world of mathematics. 1 divided by 998001 gives a complete sequence from 000 to 999 in order. Not only that, 111,111,111 multiplied by itself yields 12,345,678,987,654,321! Whew!
Happy figuring out the ultimate number game!