Wednesday’s Math Puzzle

 “Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives.” – Anonymous

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“Every minute dies a man, Every minute one is born;”  I need hardly point out to you that this calculation would tend to keep the sum total of the world’s population in a state of perpetual equipoise, whereas it is a well-known fact that the said sum total is constantly on the increase.  I would therefore take the liberty of suggesting that in the next edition of your excellent poem the erroneous calculation to which I refer should be corrected as follows:  “Every moment dies a man, And one and a sixteenth is born.”  I may add that the exact figures are 1.067, but something must, of course, be conceded to the laws of metre.  ~Charles Babbage, letter to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, about a couplet in his “The Vision of Sin”

Happy Wednesday, wherever you are!