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|User Info||What You Simply MUST Understand; entered at 2011-10-18 13:02:56|
You may have heard the old tale of the emperor and the wise man playing chess. When the wise man won, he was offered a princely sum, but asked instead only that he be paid a single grain of rice on the first square of the chessboard, and double that amount on each succeeding square, until all 64 squares were filled. |
(To calculate his prize you'll need estimates for the density of rice (grains per pound) and the price of rice, and, as you progress up the board, prices for gold and gemstones.... another example of the power of exponents.