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**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 67 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 12:36 pm: | |
He was late to the class, and he solved the unsolvable problem. |

**Lateral_link (Lateral_link)**
New member Username: Lateral_link
Post Number: 33 Registered: 6-2007
| Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 12:59 pm: | |
Are the 2 'he' the same person? Is he a HAM? Was the problem about him? Was this a schoolclass? Was the problem a math problem? Anything school-related? Was this FYOI or FAOS (From An Open Source)? |

**Lateral_link (Lateral_link)**
New member Username: Lateral_link
Post Number: 34 Registered: 6-2007
| Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 1:03 pm: | |
Are the 2 'he' the same person? Is he a HAM? Was the problem about him? Was he too late for a schoolclass? Hobbyclass? Was the problem a math problem? Anything school-related? Was this FYOI, FAKS(From A Known Source) or did it really happen?Was the unsolvable problem who was late for class? I hope this riddle doesn't turn out to be an unsolvable problem! |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 68 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 2:03 pm: | |
Are the 2 'he' the same person? **yes** Is he a HAM? **yes** Was the problem about him? **yes** Was this a schoolclass? {yope} Was the problem a math problem? **yes** Anything school-related? **no** Was this FYOI or FAOS (From An Open Source)? **this is true story.** |

**Booklover (Booklover)**
New member Username: Booklover
Post Number: 389 Registered: 4-2007
| Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 2:28 pm: | |
before he came to the class, was he studying the unsolvable problem? working on the unsolvable problem? coming up with a solution to the unsolvable problem? |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 69 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2007 - 3:11 pm: | |
before he came to the class, was he studying the unsolvable problem? **no** working on the unsolvable problem? **no** coming up with a solution to the unsolvable problem? **no** |

**Emeraldink (Emeraldink)**
New member Username: Emeraldink
Post Number: 239 Registered: 4-2007
| Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 6:22 am: | |
Is he a student? a teacher? a visiting lecturer? |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 70 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 6:45 am: | |
Is he a student? **yes** a teacher? a visiting lecturer? |

**Booklover (Booklover)**
New member Username: Booklover
Post Number: 400 Registered: 4-2007
| Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 1:18 pm: | |
did he solve the problem in the class? does it matter that he was late and solved the unsolvable problem? could he solve the problem if he was early to class? could he solve the problem if he was on time to class? did the teacher make him try to solve the problem because he came into the class late? did he have an excuse for being late? is it relevant why he was late? was the problem in a book? on the board? did the teacher tell the class the problem? |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 71 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 2:15 pm: | |
did he solve the problem in the class? **no** does it matter that he was late and solved the unsolvable problem? **yes** could he solve the problem if he was early to class? **yope** could he solve the problem if he was on time to class? **yope** did the teacher make him try to solve the problem because he came into the class late? **no** did he have an excuse for being late? **yes** is it relevant why he was late? **yope** was the problem in a book? **irrelevant** on the board? **yes** did the teacher tell the class the problem? **yes** |

**Emeraldink (Emeraldink)**
New member Username: Emeraldink
Post Number: 245 Registered: 4-2007
| Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 5:35 pm: | |
Was the problem finding his whereabouts? |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 72 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Saturday, July 07, 2007 - 1:19 am: | |
Was the problem finding his whereabouts? **no** |

**Booklover (Booklover)**
New member Username: Booklover
Post Number: 407 Registered: 4-2007
| Posted on Saturday, July 07, 2007 - 3:17 am: | |
is this person a famous person? einstein? euclid? newton? salk? did this person end up being a mathematician? scientist? doctor? since this is a true story, is it important when this occurred? 1800s? 1910s? 20s? 30s? 40s? 50s? 60s? 70s? 80s? 90s? 2000s? important where he was born? N. America? S. America? Europe? Asia? Australia? Africa? did he solve the problem at home? later in life? did he use this solution to do something related to math? related to science? did he find the cure for something? a disease? |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 73 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Saturday, July 07, 2007 - 9:16 am: | |
is this person a famous person? **yope** einstein? euclid? newton? salk? **none** did this person end up being a mathematician? scientist? doctor? **i don't know. irr** since this is a true story, is it important when this occurred? 1800s? 1910s? 20s? 30s? **this** 40s? 50s? 60s? 70s? 80s? 90s? 2000s? important where he was born? **yope, but i don't know** N. America? S. America? Europe? Asia? Australia? Africa? did he solve the problem at home? **yes** later in life? **no** did he use this solution to do something related to math? **yes** related to science? did he find the cure for something? **no** a disease?**no** |

**Booklover (Booklover)**
New member Username: Booklover
Post Number: 411 Registered: 4-2007
| Posted on Saturday, July 07, 2007 - 7:46 pm: | |
did the math problem deal with algebra? linear algebra? trigonometry? pi? equations? ratios? geometry? calculus? statistics? arithmetic? subtraction? addition? multiplication? division? were computers involved? programming? were calculators involved? compasses? slide rulers? protractors? |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 74 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Sunday, July 08, 2007 - 5:12 am: | |
did the math problem deal with algebra? linear algebra? trigonometry? pi? equations? ratios? geometry? calculus? statistics? **this** arithmetic? subtraction? addition? multiplication? division? were computers involved? programming? **irrelevant**, idk were calculators involved? compasses? slide rulers? protractors? **irr** idk |

**Bentarm (Bentarm)**
New member Username: Bentarm
Post Number: 1045 Registered: 6-2001
| Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 - 5:20 pm: | |
*I love this story - just so you know, he ended up being a (very successful) mathematician and was born in the USA* |

**Rabrab (Rabrab)**
New member Username: Rabrab
Post Number: 1491 Registered: 2-2005
| Posted on Friday, July 27, 2007 - 8:11 pm: | |
Was it truly an unsolvable problem? or simply an extremely difficult one? Is his age at the time relevant? |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 75 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 3:43 am: | |
Was it truly an unsolvable problem? **no** or simply an extremely difficult one? **yes** Is his age at the time relevant? **no** |

**Rabrab (Rabrab)**
New member Username: Rabrab
Post Number: 1494 Registered: 2-2005
| Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 4:20 am: | |
*Those answers make me think that I know this one, johan. Would you like me to finish it off so that you can put up another one?* |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 76 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 8:57 am: | |
Those answers make me think that I know this one, johan. Would you like me to finish it off so that you can put up another one? **why not** |

**Rabrab (Rabrab)**
New member Username: Rabrab
Post Number: 1505 Registered: 2-2005
| Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2007 - 8:58 pm: | |
OK, unless I'm completely offbase, it's an anecdote told about Gauss during his primary school years (although what age he was varies, from quite young (second-grade-ish) to young teens. The reason that the "unsolvable" problem is assigned also varies, sometimes stating that the class had been unruly and it was assigned in an effort to keep them quiet, sometimes that the teacher had something else that he had to do, and sometimes that it was assigned as punishment for tardyness. What all versions do agree on, though, is that the entire class was set the problem of finding the sum of all the numbers between 1 and 1000, (some say 1 and 100,) inclusive, and that Gauss put down his pencil after only a short time announcing that he was done. When the teacher questioned him, he proved to have the right answer, and the teacher couldn't understand how he had gotten it so fast. He then explained that instead of trying to add the huge column of individual numbers, he realized that they formed 500 pairs of numbers each totaling 1001, and that all he had to do was multiply 1001 by 500 to get the total, 500500. |

**Woubit (Woubit)**
Moderator Username: Woubit
Post Number: 50 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 11:10 am: | |
This is, I think, a different story - not about Gauss, but about a mathematician named Dantzig. You can read the details here. |

**Rabrab (Rabrab)**
New member Username: Rabrab
Post Number: 1514 Registered: 2-2005
| Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2007 - 4:16 pm: | |
*Well, then. I *__was__ completely off-base. Interesting story. |

**Johan_gunardi (Johan_gunardi)**
New member Username: Johan_gunardi
Post Number: 77 Registered: 5-2007
| Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2007 - 9:53 am: | |
so...
**spoiler** |