anonymous
  • anonymous
One of the greatest mathematicians in history, Karl Friedrich Gauss was asked a question by his teacher when he was 8 years old. The teacher told the class to sum up all the numbers from 1 to 100, like this: 1+2+3+4+...+98+99+100. The teacher thought this would keep them occupied for a few hours at the very least...When Gauss shouted 5050 the teacher fell back in his chair! Here is how the child did it: He wrote two sums like this, one going forwards, the other going backwards: \[1 + 2 + 3 + .... + 97 + 98 + 99 + 100 = S\] \[100 + 99 + 98 + 97 + .... + 3 + 2 + 1 = S\] Next he added them up:
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anonymous
  • anonymous
\[101 + 101 + 101 + ... + 101 = 2S\] and noticed that there are 100 101's! Therefore \[10100 = 2S\] meaning \[S = 5050\] Not bad for an 8 year old!
2bornot2b
  • 2bornot2b
Thanks for sharing
anonymous
  • anonymous
This is considered as an apocryphal story.

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anonymous
  • anonymous
:D
anonymous
  • anonymous
Cool! Such a brilliant kid!
2bornot2b
  • 2bornot2b
Even "Newtons apple" is considered as an apocryphal story
anonymous
  • anonymous
I was not there at the time of Newton, so that's not apocryphal :P
2bornot2b
  • 2bornot2b
I was so it is...

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