Monday, May 28, 2007


Take a glance at a clock with a second hand. Now, what is the square of 115?

How long did it take you to get 13,225? It probably took some Indian students only a second.

Kamlesh Shetty told Wired News how he came up with the square of 85 in less than a second.

"To find the square of any number ending with 5, just put 25 on the right-hand side," he said. "Take the number that precedes five. In this case it is 8. Add 1 to it. So in this case it becomes 9. Multiply 8 and 9. You get 72. 7,225 is the square of 85. It's easy."

Julio Leon, president of Missouri Southern State University, has talked about how students in Brazil, Russia, India and China view a college education as salvation. Manu Joseph's story details how far Indian children will go to secure a coveted spot in India's main engineering school -- to the point of searching out the Vedic formula above.

As for the Vedic formulas, 16 of them have been found in cryptic Sanskrit verses. There is an amount of controversy involved in finding such specific, accurate mathematical formulas amidst praises of Lord Krishna. Maybe the Bible explains phi in Matthew 7:12.

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Matt 7:12 looks like a 1:1 relationship, not Phi.

How bout this link to the the Straight Dope for an explainer of the Fibonacci sequence.

And math is sacred. It is our key to understanding the universe in a language that's universally understood... maybe even designed by a greater power.

Either way, it's order in chaos.

Purty damn kewl.
I always thought phi was cooler than pi. Much better looking Greek letter.
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