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Street Fighting Mathematics – Preview

I read this news from MIT, I haven’t read this book yet, and thus this is a preview.

An exciting book written on educated guessing, problem solving  and rough calculations by MIT Prof. Sanjoy Mahajan. Prof. Sanjoy Mahajan wrote Street Fighting Mathematics – The art of educated guessing and opportunistic problem solving book out of years of experience he got teaching Street Fighting Mathematics for math undergraduates. You can read the Open Course Ware material for street fighting mathematics here. You can download and read an early draft version of Street Fighting Mathematics – in PDF from MIT (the book is considerably improved and has more materials 150+ pages).

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Stray Dogs, Rigor Mortis & Mathematics

In one of the last October month’s outpour’s, we got an unlikely guest at our door step. When I first heard weak howling, I dismissed it to the sound of vicious wind, later it got intense and this time it is not faint, it is a miserable cry. When I checked the door, I found a week old dog pup. Shivering in the cold and rain, it curled itself to the door mat. I felt so pity of it, so got few old clothes and heaved at it for extra warmth. It was already mid night, I left it and slept.

What happened next day was surprise for me. Eager to see, whether the pup was still there, I opened to door to check. There were two dog pups, not one. The new one seemed to be elder to the old one by a day. But both of them were happy. Now, feeding one dog was fine, but two? It was no easy job. But we kept them feeding for quite some time.

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