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 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 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 submitted by almondbutter1 [link] [1009 comments] Source: top scoring links : todayilearned

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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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