Friday, July 17, 2009
A Mathematician Goes on Vacation 6
I don't get too many complaints about the uselessness of negative numbers, but every once in a while in a Prealgebra class somebody will claim that they're never used in the real world. Above is the photographic evidence from within an elevator in Nikola Tesla Airport (Belgrade, Serbia) that negative integers are indeed used. And if one is ever in such an elevator, one surely thinks fondly (for once) of their math teacher. For how else would we know where to go?
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