Ireland are the 4th best team in Europe. Well they could be. Okay, it’s possible. Yes, it may not be probable. But the logic is sound… The 2 teams who qualified from Irelands group (Spain, Italy) have made it all the way to the final. So it’s possible that Croatia and Ireland (the 2 teams who didn’t qualify from our group) were better than all the other teams in the tournament. We can’t know for sure because neither team got a chance to play beyond the group stage. But we do know that Spain & Italy beat everyone they played, so Croatia & Ireland may have been the “best of the rest”. Therefore it is possible Croatia are the 3rd best team in Europe, and Ireland are the 4th best team in Europe. QED. In logic we trust.

Recent Posts
Recent Comments
 iqbal on Bear Grylls Mud Sweat And Tears – Review
 atman on Which came first the chicken or the egg? Solved!
 althinking on Professor Brian Cox – Wonders of the Universe – Destiny.
 Jfraysse on Professor Brian Cox – Wonders of the Universe – Destiny.
 Charlotte on Professor Brian Cox – Wonders of the Universe – Destiny.
Tag Cloud
althinking on Twitter
Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.
Archives
 October 2012 (1)
 June 2012 (2)
 May 2012 (2)
 January 2012 (1)
 December 2011 (2)
 October 2011 (1)
 September 2011 (2)
 August 2011 (2)
 July 2011 (2)
 June 2011 (1)
 March 2011 (3)
 February 2011 (1)
Categories
 Astronomy (2)
 Astrophotography (1)
 Books (4)
 Computer Science (1)
 Creative (4)
 Documentary (3)
 Hobbies (1)
 Humour (2)
 Mathematics (3)
 Miscellaneous (1)
 Photography (1)
 Physics (8)
 Poems (2)
 Psychology (1)
 Reviews (7)
 Riddles (1)
 Science (10)
 Social Commentary (6)
 Sport (1)
Meta
Tags
ageing althinking Amy Winehouse astronomy audacity Bear Grylls book book review brian cox chemist chemistry joke chicken or the egg copernicus cosmology death drugs humour ireland life mathematics maths Mount Everest old patrick moore periodic table physics podcast Podcasting  The Ultimate Starter Kit PodOmatic poem poetry prof brian cox puzzle rehab review riddle science solved stardust the sky at night time which came first wonders of the solar system wonders of the universe young
Mathematical Formula for Love
So what the hell is a “Mathematical Formula for Love” I hear you say. Well, y’know, if your brain is wired a certain way then you think of things, you think about lots of things, hundreds of things every week, thousands of things every month, millions of things every year. This is just another one. Y’know. Just. Think. Okay. Well, here it is. My mathematical formula for love:
∃! n ∈ ℕ: n+1 <3
Short explanation: There exists exactly one number, an element of the Natural numbers (excluding zero), such that the number plus one is less than three. That number is 1, and 1+1 <3 Of course, you know that <3 represents love, y’know like a heart
Make sense? Maybe not. Okay, so let me explain.
∃! There exists a unique number
n let’s call that unique number, ‘n’
∈ the unique number ‘n’ is an element of
ℕ the Natural numbers (i.e. all positive whole numbers, excluding zero) i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6,…
: such that
n+1 if we add 1 to our unique number ‘n’
<3 the result is less than 3 (Note that <3 is an emoticon for love, coz it looks like a heart right)
Make sense? Maybe not. Okay, so let me explain. Mathematically it’s a sound expression, and the only value that satisfies the condition is when n = 1. So the expression simplifies to:
1+1 <3
So why is this the Mathematical Formula for Love, because it’s basically saying 1 + 1 is love Y’know, like when two people (1+1) get together it’s love (<3).
Q.E.D.