There happens to be a politician that might lie at any moment (this isn't unusual) but his conscience bothers him enough (now,
that is unusual!) so he won't say two lies in a row.
He said ten consecutive statements.
How many combinations of truths/lies can there be?
I have a warm spot in my heart for Leonardo Pisano of Pisa (known to history by his nickname, Fibonacci ), because one of my most beloved professors, Dr. Nanini, was a graduate of the University of Pisa.
Fibonacci has been called "the most brilliant meteor flashing past the dark background of the European Middle Ages". Although he was one of the brightest minds in the history of mathematics, his contribution is not sufficiently appreciated. The importance of Fibonacci's mathematical creativity is assessed properly by Russian mathematician Prof. Vasil'ev:
"The works of this learned Italian mathematician were so much above the level of mathematical knowledge even of the scientists of that time, that their influence on the mathematical literature becomes noticeable only in two centuries after his death at the end of the 15th century, when many of his theorems and problems were entered by Leonardo da Vinci's friend, and professor of many Italian universities, Luca Pacioli, in his works. In the beginning of the 16th century, a group of talented Italian mathematicians, Ferro, Cardano, Tartaglia, and Ferrari, used Fibonacci's work to arrive at the solution of cubical and biquadrate equations and so gave birth to modern algebra".
Edited on February 28, 2004, 11:36 am

Posted by Penny
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