“The Prestige” and Tesla
December 29, 2006
Just back from the movie “The Prestige” (from the stable of the famous director who made Memento aka ghajini). Fantastic movie, awesome mindgames.. a must-see. Eventhough my CBSE texts did give me a brief idea of who Tesla was, this movie gave more insight on the rather infamous personality who was a sheer genius born unlucky (to some extent). With some shades of mystery, eccentricity and intellect, Tesla is one of the revolutionary figures of the 19th century. Sad to see so much of genius not having achieved an iota of what lame people like Edison achieved! Check this video to know what we missed..
Sigh! Speaking of genius, I came across some Math humor:
Q: Why did the mathematician name his dog “Cauchy”?
A: Because he left a residue at every pole.
Q: What do you get if you cross an elephant and a banana?
Q: What’s a polar bear?
A: A rectangular bear after a coordinate transform.
Q: What do you get if you cross a mosquito with a mountain climber?
A: You can’t cross a vector with a scalar.
Q: What’s a dilemma?
A: A lemma that produces two results.
Q: How many mathematicians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
“Top Ten Excuses for Not Doing Homework”:
- I accidentally divided by zero and my paper burst into flames.
- I have a solar-powered calculator and it was cloudy.
- I locked the paper in my trunk, but a four-dimensional dog got in and ate it.
Theorem: A cat has nine tails. Proof: No cat has eight tails. A cat has one more tail than no cat. Therefore a cat has nine tails.
Theorem: All dogs have nine legs. Proof: Would you agree that no dog has five legs? Would you agree that a dog has four legs more than no dog? 4 + 5 =?