This just in from the BBC…. Maths boffin from Berkshire solves 1200-year-old problem of division by zero.
Dr James Anderson, from the University of Reading’s computer science department, says his new theorem solves an extremely important problem – the problem of nothing….
The theory of nullity is set to make all kinds of sums possible that, previously, scientists and computers couldn’t work around.
“We’ve just solved a problem that hasn’t been solved for twelve hundred years – and it’s that easy,” proclaims Dr Anderson having demonstrated his solution on a whiteboard at Highdown School, in Emmer Green….
Despite being a problem tackled by the famous mathematicians Newton and Pythagoras without success, it seems the Year 10 children at Highdown now know their nullity.
Anybody who can solve a problem that was tackled by Pythagoras 1200 years ago must be onto something.
(Thanks to reader Frank Tamborello for the timely tip.)