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What’s special about 2012?

Happy new year to all. Wish you the most successful and happiest year ahead.

Now, that being said, let us look at the specialty of 2012. Being an even-numbered year, and a leap year, 2012 for sure is attractive.  Though few can complaint about having one extra day to get through in February.

2012 – Alan Turing year

2012 is named as Alan Turing’s year. Alan Turing was born on 23rd, June of 1912. 2012 will be his birth centenary year. He is widely respected for inventing theoretical computer and much of code breaking in Cryptology.  His contribution in war-time Britain saved scores of live and eventually lead allied forces to win world war II.

2012 – Cooperative year

2012 is also named as international co-operative year. Co-operatives or cooperative unions are special kind of business/non-business establishments. It is special to me, as I have studied a cooperative management diploma for a year.

2012 – Mathematical significance

2012 is also a E-Toothpick sequence number. Last year, 2011, we observed what as a toothpick numbered year. A E-Toothpick is formed by three half toothpicks, like a trident.

2012 : E-Toothpick number

2012 : E-Toothpick number

2012 – Mayan Calendar

The story of 2012 as the end year of Mayan calendar is well-known.  Even there are a handful of movies made on it. It is left to see what happens in 2012. Even if we have to go by Mayan’s, we have full year 2012.

Mayan Calendar till 2012

Mayan Calendar ends at 2012

2012 is has same calendar as of 1984, 1956 and will have same as 2040, 2068 (that’s +/- multiples of 28 years). On another side note, there is a move to have a permanent calendar. A calendar that has every weekdays of a month identical year after year.

From: http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13940

Two Johns Hopkins professors are proposing a new calendar in which dates would fall on the same days of the week every year.

The calendar proposed by Richard Conn Henry, an astrophysicist, and Steve H. Hanke, an applied economist, begins each year on Sunday, Jan. 1.

There will one full week added every 5th or 6th year.

Do you like it? I do not. Not just simply for the reason, that there will be no new calendars printed with glossy models. Also for the fact that there will be no surprises in the holidays and leaves. Doesn’t it become monotonous?

Dangerous Mind – Mathematics and Insanity

Problem solving is a top-notch skill. All of us face problems, in work, in life and every day happening. Jokingly mathematicians identify the following stages of a problem solving:

  1. Identifying the problem (includes preparation, collecting information, identifying challenges and risks) .
  2. Attacking the problem (use existing tools, techniques to derive new method). Get vigorous, consciously.
  3. The problem attacking becomes an unconscious activity from a  conscious one, then the problem starts attacking you.
  4. Either problem is consumed or the attacker is consumed by problem.

Especially at stage 4, one will be thinking only about the problem. While driving, eating, teaching and even in sleep. Archimedes resolved the problem when he was bathing. Isaac Singer, the american inventor of sewing machines was supposed to found solution for the problem of finding where to put hole in needle so that it is easy to stitch, in dream, he dreamt of someone chasing him with strange spear with a hole in the spear head. These are examples of sub conscious mind solving problems.

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My Favorite Mathematicians

History of humanity is full of stories about achievements of outstanding men and women. It is even more interesting and captivating when we read about mathematicians. I will try to list down the great people of mathematics who were the driving force of conceptual thinking and intellectual advancement of mathematics. This is in continuation with a story I wrote some time ago.

Earliest Mathematicians

No one know where the first class in mathematics was held. But all of us know for pretty sure what could have been the first theorem proved. Pre historic math was used for studying geometry and planetary. Greeks mastered this field of mathematics. Euclid, Aristotle, Archimedes and Pythagoras were the most noted mathematicians. They all are philosophers too. For good, once, a great mastery over written and oratory skill of a language was needed to practice mathematics.

In India, Baskara wrote Lilavati, a book written in poetic verses about mathematics. But the scene shifted slowly. As math became more abstract words and verses gave away to numbers and symbols. Read more of this post