# Math Tricks

Inspired by a wired article I googled for a Vedic Math tutorial.

I have always found these little math tricks interesting, mainly from the perspective of trying to figure out how they work. I think it is a kind of a mental excersize similar to figuring out a clever optimization algorithm in programming.

Anyway, this Vedic math reminded me of one of my favorite stories about a young Gauss (eminent 19th century contributor to mathematics and statistics) whose math teacher instructed them to add up the numbers from 1 to 100 on their slate to keep them quite and occupied for a while. The story continues that, much to the teacher

Nice link, thanks! As a small point, I do believe that Newton and Liebniz each independantly invented Calculus.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to reading you here now that I know you have a blog. Nice.

Best Regards,

xo boots

Hi Boots, welcome!

You are correct, and I have corrected the post. My history of mathematics course is just a dim recollection now, obviously a little too dim. Gauss made significant advances in multivariate calculus and in statistics, but it was Newton and Leibniz who invented calculus (co-existence in timeframe, but not in location or intent).