10 Mathematics - Ninette D'Souza

posted Jun 6, 2018, 10:05 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 10:05 AM ]
What can you do with them? A lot of surprising things actually.

You can split them into piles,
You can give them funny names,
You can make them into puzzles,
You can put them into games.
You can add onto them forever,
You can make them smaller than small.

In fact, with just one or two of them, you can do almost anything at all! Yes, I'm talking about numbers.

Thomas Carlyle, historian and mathematician, said, "It is a mathematical feat that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the Universe." Childhood to dotage, dawn to dusk, Mathematics, whether we are aware of it or not, forms an integral part of our day to day lives. Talk about a birth or a death - it's a number. Your bank account is operated via a number, as is your cell phone. You claim to be a proud parent of six children, not half a dozen, and you look forward to 50 years, after having celebrated 25 years of married bliss! While a cuckoo clock sweetly chimes 'It's 5 am', Mum's warning rings out loud, '11 pm, lights out.' From the profound to the mundane, from serious to funny, the crux of the matter is Mathematics.

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