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Fields Medal Part II

January25

Yes, here is the follow up to the earlier post. Mr Vaughan Jones is an old boy of the school (Auckland Grammar School) in Auckland that I taught at for many years. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1990 for his amazing work on the Mathematics of Knots. Mr Jones also famously wore a New Zealand rugby jersey when he accepted the prize! Now, you might be asking why such discoveries are that important. With a little research you could find out! Check out Mr Jones’ website! Apparently, and this is on good authority (which is sometimes accurate) – that, when Mr Jones was asked what he wanted at a special celebration of his Fields Medal at Berkerley Unversity (called “Berserkley” by some of my in-the-know friends) he asked for his own named car park space (something that no staff member was allowed). He got it! Why was this high on his wish list? Probably because parking at Berkerley is so difficult to find. My wife and I visited Berkerley once (and called at Vaughan’s office) but took ages to get a car park, even though the campus was largely on vacation! Postscript: Auckland Grammar School Library boasts the “Vaughan Jones Seminar Room” as an anex – the first such naming rights given to any room at the school!

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10 x 9 x 8 + (7 + 6) x 5 x 4 x (3 + 2) x 1 = 2020

NCEA Level 2 Algebra Problem. Using the information given, the shaded area = 9, that is:
y(y-8) = 9 –> y.y – 8y – 9 =0
–> (y-9)(y+1) = 0, therefore y = 9 (can’t have a distance of – 1 for the other solution for y)
Using the top and bottom of the rectangle,
x = (y-8)(y+2) = (9-8)(9+2) = 11
but, the left side = (x-4) = 11-4 = 7, but rhs = y+? = 9+?, which is greater than the value of the opp. side??
[I think that the left had side was a mistake and should have read (x+4)?]

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