Interesting Instances of Maths in Daily Life!
Posted on: June 12, 2018. Comments ( 2 )

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas”, said Albert Einstein. Sadly, though, it is not for many of us that Mathematics appears as a “poetry of logical ideas”, as it was never made a part of our lives or of our thinking.

For many, the process of understanding math would be almost nightmarish, having to face problems not just with numbers but also alphabets, formula involving a combination of constants and variables, complicated equations, iterative computations, impossible theorems and corollaries, geometry, logarithm and log functions, and symbolic operations—key knowledge, which invariably evades recall when needed most, like Karna’s Curse in the Mahabharata that couldn’t get his stuck chariot wheel out of the mud, and eventually led to his defeat.

Many others, however, still continue to like or appreciate certain aspects of the subject, a lot. Furthermore, the fact that Mathematics is an essential subject for students, continues to stay imperative.

Mathematics does typically have to be scary—if learned properly and with fun, they can be pretty amazing and cool… like the following facts about Mathematics.

    a. “Googol”—the number 1 followed by 100 zeros—lends its name to the information search lifeline of today’s digital era, “Google”, a name that reflects the astronomically large amount of potentially searchable information on the internet.

    b. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321—this is how crazy math can get with its function!

    c. It is, for a long time now, that the debate of “Math, or Maths?” is underway. But the critical question, “Which part of the world are you in?”, sets the course of such debates. The Americans prefer to go by the logic that the function of the word ‘Mathematics’ is a singular noun and call it “Math”. On the other hand, Britishers would say ‘Maths’ as in “I have a degree in maths.” However, both spellings are embroiled in conflict—the word Maths is plural by virtue of the letter ‘s’ in the end, according to the Oxford and the Merriam-Webster dictionaries but it is ‘Mathematics is my favourite subject’ and not ‘Mathematics are my favourite subject’, contrarily however, as it is usually used as a singular noun. Economics, ethics, politics, gymnastics, measles and dominoes are examples of other plural nouns that are treated singular. Consequently, math/maths is a rather unusual word as the other words are not habitually shortened.

    d. 1 / 998,001 = a complete sequence from 000 to 999 in order! Try it out for yourself if find this unbelievable but be ready to waste one entire notebook. Another mind-boggling instance of math!

    e. You be amazed to know the pizza’s relation to math! Pi x r2 x h is the formula to calculate the volume of a pizza that characteristically has a flattened, cylindrical shape. Thus, if an ordinary pizza has a radius of ‘z’ and height ‘a’, its volume is Pi x z x z x a which makes up ‘pizza’.

    f. A number y multiplied by 9 (y x 9) yields a number, the direct or progressive sum of whose digits is always ‘9’. Thus, the number 9, with certain very interesting properties, is considered a magical number.

    g. Wouldn’t you be surprised to know that the Roman Numerals do not have a representation for ‘ZERO’, the most significant of all numbers, without which there is neither math nor science. NAUGHT, ZIP, NIL, AND ZILCH, all refer to the number zero or ‘CYBER’, derived from the Arabic word ‘SIFR’.

    h. The only time William Shakespeare used the word ‘mathematics’ was in his play, The Taming of the Shrew. Did Shakespeare too have issues with maths? Not to be mistaken though, as he was a literature lover and not a math lover.

    i. After a million comes billion, trillion, quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion, and undecillion!

    j. Only 80 books would have contained all the world’s mathematical knowledge available until 1900, but today it would require more than 1,00,000 books!

    k. The number of petals in a Daisy flower with 34, 21, and 55 being the common ones, are example of the Fibonacci Sequence in Nature! It can also be used to convert miles into kilometres: 1, 1, 2 (x 1.6) = 3 (x 1.6) = 5 (x 1.6) = 8 (x 1.6) = 13 (x 1.6) = 21 (x 1.6) = 34

    l. 252627 – the only natural number to be placed between a perfect square (5 x 5 = 25) and a perfect cube (3 x 3 x 3 = 27)!

    m. The height of a sheet of paper gets doubled, every time it is folded. A paper folded 104 times becomes more than 93 billion light years in height! It is thus believed that a paper cannot be folded more than 7 times.

Comments (2)


    Ankur says:


    I would like to send my daughter Harshita to learn the Math Tweets , can I get some contact person details who can teach her , as she is studying in 6th standard of Carmel of St.Joseph School , Malad – W , Mumbai.

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