Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Pursuit of Sublime

The above joke may not be apparent to all. Instead consider this anecdote: Supposedly, a little boy was asked by the teacher of his class to add up the numbers one through a hundred (1+2+3 etc., all the way up to 100). The teacher wanted to get some work done, or get some sleep, or whatever. Anyway, to the teacher's annoyance, little kid came up to the teacher with the answer, right away. ( Insight was to realise that pairwise addition of terms from opposite ends of the list yielded identical intermediate sums: 1 + 100 = 101, 2 + 99 = 101, 3 + 98 = 101, and so on, for a total sum of 50 × 101 = 5050 )

Anyways that was the appetiser to see if you like the main course consisting of dish-0 and dish-1 (they were written in 1947 by none other than the great von Neumann and quite a treat to follow his vision of Times.. 'they are changin..)

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