Thursday, October 7, 2010
The Persistence of the Equation
Few are some stuff that endures in eternity through our minds. Such one thing, is the general equation for solving second degree polynomials (or at least it should be). I remember my math teacher in High School:
"Mark my words. You will remember this equation for the rest of your lives. It is such its fame, that even the guy who illegally sells fries outside of the school knows it."
Yet... it is hardly believable that a Postgraduate student of Mathematics and Statistics has actually forgotten it. Luckily enough for him (or her?), this happened during the first days of the course and not during the Mid Terms.
The following, ladies and gentlemen, is a true story:
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