Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tell us a story: 2 times 2 is 8, right?

Working with numbers is not a natural human ability. Our mental calculator is extremely error-prone; that's why we double-check any complicated calculation. But it's a good idea to double-check even the simplest of calculations. Did you ever buy twelve socks for twelve people, forgetting to account for the fact that each person has two feet?

What is one time when you made a wrong decision based on an embarrassingly dumb mathematical error?