Hi everybody, I am working on a design project and i'm hoping somebody can help me. I need a beautiful maths problem (something that looks good to the eye on paper) that has the answer of 2,009. I don't want any words included just symbols and numbers. Being a completely maths no hoper i am looking for a honest answer.
1. None of us know your mathematical background. Furthermore, you say you're "completely maths no hoper":
(a) This a relative statement. Hopeless compared to what ....?
(b) If you're as hopless as you say you are, you probably wouldn't understand any of the replies you're likely to get.
(c) If this is for some sort of assessed classwork, you will probably have very little intellectual ownership of whatever is suggested here that you decide to submit.
2. None of us know the context of the question.
3. None of us know what your criterion of beautiful is.
You've been given a perfectly good and resaonable answer by TheEmptySet which nevertheless I doubt you will be able to use for the reasons given above. This is likely to be a common theme.
If you give a complete and thorough description of what your mathematical background is and what the purpose of this question is, maybe something useful to you can be posted.
Otherwise, this thread is going to end up as an exercise in something completely different to what was intended.
2. I was asking for help, because i could not answer the question myself and i was hoping somebody else might be interested enough in helping me.
3. It is for a design idea i'm working on.
4. I said 'beautiful to the eye' which i think is pretty straight forward.
5. I think i am possibly asking the wrong people.
6. When i tried to access The Empty Set answer, all i got was his photo and name. I have now got his reply to my "ridiculous" question, which i am going to thank him for.
2. - 4. I have already given reasons in my earlier post.
5. And yet you got a reply that, it would seem, you're very happy with.
Insead of arguing with and criticising me it would be more constructive to provide the background I asked for in my previous reply.
I am sorry if you think I am arguing and criticising you, it is not my intention. I think there might be a lack of understanding on both sides. To answer your background question, I have not studied maths since school which was over 30 years ago. But over the years i have worked as a pattern cutter, a carpet designer, and as a graphic designer, these all have a certain amount of maths involved, but not in a way that is transferable to this particular question.