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Can Google help find the greatest living Mathematician?


When the Abel Prize (presented by the King of Norway to one or more outstanding mathematicians) was announced in 2001, the mathematician Tanya Khovanova got very excited and started wondering who would be the first person to get it. She asked friends and colleagues who they thought was the greatest mathematician alive, and got the same answer from every person: “Alexander Grothendieck“.

alexAlexander Grothendieck is not the easiest kind of person to give a prize to, since he rejected the mathematical community and lives in seclusion! So, just who is the greatest living mathematician and can Google help find him or her? Click on this image to find out more:
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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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