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Menger sponge

Posted on: December 29th, 2013 by
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This is not a puzzle, rather an interesting concept. A Menger sponge is defined as follows: 1. Take a 1x1x1 cube and divide it into 27 smaller cubes like a Rubix cubes. 2. Remove the small cubes in the middle of each face, and the small cube in the center. We are left with 20 cubes. 3. Repeat steps 1,2 for each smaller cube. 4. Keep repeating this process Continue reading the story "Menger sponge"

A thought experiment

Posted on: December 27th, 2013 by
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A library that has every book in the world won't be so useful. Google is probably more useful. The usefulness of a library is determined by how soon you can get information you want, not by how many books are in the library. See why for yourself via this Quora article.

Irresistible force paradox

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by
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"What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?" It's similar in form to the Omnipotence paradox: "Can God make a stone that he cannot lift?" Can you resolve this paradox? - via Wikipedia

A smart child

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by
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A physicist asked his 6 year old son to imagine standing on top of a big ball in outer space. Then, he told his son, he looks over the edge, and there is a person on the other side of the ball, upside down, with feet on the bottom of the ball. He asked his son: will that upside-down person fall off the ball? His Continue reading the story "A smart child"


Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by
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Consider an n x n grid. 30% of the cells are colored green and another 30% are colored blue at random. The remaining cells are empty. It is preferred that each colored cell has 3 neighbors (of the 8 neighbors) of the same color. Colored cells which do not have 3 same color neighbors are called "wrong". The following process occurs: At each time step, Continue reading the story "Segregation"

Integer programming

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by
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3 objects A,B and C together cost 50 cents. B costs more than 3 times as much as A, but no more than 4 times as much. C costs more than 6 times as much as A, but no more than 3 times as much as B. The costs are all integers. What are the smallest and largest prices that B can take? This is an example of integer Continue reading the story "Integer programming"

Twin prime conjecture.

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by

Recently, a chinese mathematician made progress towards the twin prime conjecture. For an informal introduction, read it in the news here. I cannot resist being formal, so let me give a puzzle and explain the conjecture as well: Let p_n be the sequence of prime numbers and q_n=p_{n+1}-p_n. Exercise: Show that \limsup_{n\rightarrow \infty} q_n = \infty. Now the twin prime conjecture states that \liminf_{n\rightarrow \infty} q_n = 2. We Continue reading the story "Twin prime conjecture."

Interesting applications of pigeon hole principle

Posted on: March 31st, 2013 by
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Go here to see interesting applications!

How to solve a Rubik's cube while juggling

Posted on: March 3rd, 2013 by
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Cannot resist posting this video :-)  

Uncountability of real numbers - a simple proof

Posted on: March 2nd, 2013 by
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In this article, I wish to show a simple elementary proof that there cannot exist any bijection between the set of real numbers \mathcal{R} and the set of natural numbers \mathcal{N}. This proof is popularly known as Cantor's diagonal proof. Here's the proof. Firstly I claim that there exists a bijection from the unit interval (0,1) to \mathcal{R}. Note that the unit interval   (0,1) is the set of Continue reading the story "Uncountability of real numbers - a simple proof"

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