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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on November 18, 2001 00:20:13 UTC

Alex,

Give me a break. You don't honor my sincere Quid Pro Quo requests, yet you expect me to honor a duplicitous one like this?

Although it hasn't been so long that I've completely forgotten f=mv, or the PIE chart in basic electrical calculations, I could easily find this stuff in an old textbook. But your challenge is not designed to test my math/physics skills; it's another way to make you feel better about yourself (by making others look silly).

It's kind of like you've placed a 96 year-old woman in front of a boxer, and declared, "If you're such a good fighter, then beat this woman up!" Is the boxer really supposed to get worked up about a 96 year-old woman?

Again, I challenged you to provide us with some citations of folks who agree with your view of Godel's Incompleteness Theorem, and you haven't (probably can't).

So, you solve the following problems, and I'll give yours a shot:

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Here's one from a kindergarten book --

7 + 1 = ___

This one has stumped second graders, so let's see if you can even get close.

How about this one --

12/3 X (5 + 4) = ___

Or this one, from a sixth grader's textbook --

Factor x -y

Oh, and last, but not least:

√2

How about it, Alex... are you bright enough to solve these?

(Drumroll...)

We shall wait with much anticipation to see if the great physicist can solve these problems...

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-LH

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