Sunday, October 01, 2006

Mathematics for poets

No, strike off the word "poets" in the title, and replace it with "crossword enthusiasts". In Lali's post describing the Resident Mathematician's tutorial on recursions and factorials (link via Neha) we find this:

"A function can be thought of as a sort of mathematical vending machine. If you put in a certain kind of number the function will return to you a number. Not all forms of coins are accepted by every vending machine, you see?" The Resident Mathematician said.


  1. gaddeswarup said...

    The resident mathematician has gift of the gab. I remember that he once started reciting Rabindro Sangeet (after a few drinks) and then translate it in excellent English. I do not remember anybody else who could do with that ease. He is also good sarod player.