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TIL the mathematician George Dantzig solved two of the most famous problems of statistics, because he came into class too late to hear that they were supposed to be unsolvable

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TIL the mathematician George Dantzig solved two of the most famous problems of statistics, because he came into class too late to hear that they were supposed to be unsolvable submitted by bytelines [link] [395 comments] Source: top scoring links

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TIL that brilliant mathematician Paul Erdös took amphetamines daily to fuel his intensive work schedule. A concerned friend bet he couldn’t quit. He went cold turkey for 30 days to prove he wasn’t an addict and then started up again saying “you’ve set mathematics back by a month.”

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TIL that brilliant mathematician Paul Erdös took amphetamines daily to fuel his intensive work schedule. A concerned friend bet he couldn’t quit. He went cold turkey for 30 days to prove he wasn’t an addict and then started up again

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TIL In 1900, a German mathematician outlined a list of 23 unsolved problems in mathematics that he hoped would be solved in the 20th century. As of 2015, only 10 have been answered.

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TIL In 1900, a German mathematician outlined a list of 23 unsolved problems in mathematics that he hoped would be solved in the 20th century. As of 2015, only 10 have been answered. submitted by TheSwayzieExpress [link] [490 comments] Source:

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TIL that Manhattan Project mathematician Richard Hamming was asked to check some arithmetic by a fellow researcher. Hamming planned to give it to a subordinate until he realized it was a set of calculations to see if the nuclear detonation would ignite the entire Earth’s atmosphere.

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TIL that Manhattan Project mathematician Richard Hamming was asked to check some arithmetic by a fellow researcher. Hamming planned to give it to a subordinate until he realized it was a set of calculations to see if the nuclear detonation

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TIL the Fibonacci Sequence was described by an Indian mathematician ~1200 years before Fibonacci wrote of it

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TIL the Fibonacci Sequence was described by an Indian mathematician ~1200 years before Fibonacci wrote of it submitted by almondbutter1 [link] [1009 comments] Source: top scoring links : todayilearned

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TIL as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, mathematician George Dantzig showed up late to a statistics class and mistook two famously unsolved statistics problems as a homework assignment. He solved them and turned them in a few days later, believing his assignment was overdue.

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TIL as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, mathematician George Dantzig showed up late to a statistics class and mistook two famously unsolved statistics problems as a homework assignment. He solved them and turned them in a few days later,

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TIL mathematician Paul Erdős, an avid amphetamine user, once accepted a friend’s $500 challenge to stay clean for 30 days. Erdős won the bet, but complained that “mathematics has been set back by a month”.

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TIL mathematician Paul Erdős, an avid amphetamine user, once accepted a friend’s 0 challenge to stay clean for 30 days. Erdős won the bet, but complained that “mathematics has been set back by a month”. submitted by churnice [link] [799

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TIL actress Hedy Lamarr was also a mathematician and the inventor of frequency hopping spread spectrum, a technology still used for bluetooth and wifi

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TIL actress Hedy Lamarr was also a mathematician and the inventor of frequency hopping spread spectrum, a technology still used for bluetooth and wifi submitted by d3l3t3 [link] [321 comments] Source: Today I Learned (TIL)

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