Started by randomvim, September 11, 2016, 03:14:56 AM
Quote from: Unbeliever on February 04, 2019, 01:25:15 PMI like numberphile and mathologer on youtube. They explain things really well, and make it interesting where it otherwise might not be if explained by a math teacher. I think the job of people who teach math in school is to make it as boring as possible.
Quote from: Unbeliever on February 04, 2019, 06:44:27 PMHere's the sequence at OEIS:https://oeis.org/search?q=1%2C4%2C4%2C0%2C4%2C8%2C0&language=english&go=SearchI really like this site!
Quote from: Unbeliever on February 04, 2019, 08:13:20 PMMissed it by...that much! An independent discovery is nothing to be sorry about! I know, though, it would be nice to find something no one else has ever found.
Quote from: trdsf on February 04, 2019, 07:59:53 PMThe OEIS is bittersweet to me. I was messing with the Pythagorean Theorem (a2+b2=c2) and noticed a pattern in the integer solutions where b=a+1 and submitted it to an 'Ask a Mathematician' site. The initial response I got was that the pattern might be novel and I might have genuinely discovered something.A quick glance at the OEIS showed that I had been beaten to the punch... by only two years out of the roughly 2500 years since Pythagoras. Still, not bad for an amateur.
Quote from: Cavebear on July 20, 2019, 04:36:13 AMAn independent discovery is not diminished for it being found before. If you learn something YOU didn't know before, it still counts.
Quote from: Baruch on July 20, 2019, 06:19:22 AMSome things have been discovered more than once, mostly because the research literature is too hard to keep up with. Or in a foreign language.Everyone has a unique technique to learn things. I agree that the journey is worth something too, not just the destination.
Quote from: Cavebear on July 20, 2019, 06:42:01 AMI was thinking of more basic stuff. Have you ever wondered WHY spaceship slingshot pass-bys increase speed? I figured out why on my own, though it was certainly known before.
Quote from: Baruch on July 20, 2019, 11:25:59 AMYes, and I rediscovered the law of optics reflection in Junior High ... by deduction. But not Snells law of refraction ;-(
Quote from: aitm on July 24, 2019, 03:30:50 PMIt starts with an A.