Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | February 4, 2009

Bedtime stories

From RP:

In response to your request for stories …
I well remember at the age of  8 or maybe just 9, lying awake in bed trying to find a mixed number that when multiplied by itself gave an answer of exactly 2. 
I was trying number like “one and a half” and “one and a quarter” and finding that when I multiplied them by themselves the bottom line always got unhelpfully large. 
I think I was just coming to the conclusion that it couldn’t be done when I fell asleep.



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