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The Math and Tech Quiz 2015 (Prelim+Final+Answers)
Math and Tech Quiz 2015
by Naman Dhanuka
• 20 questions in all
• No negative marking
• Star marked questions to serve as tie breakers
• Top 6 teams from here will qualify for the final
• Quiz master’s decision final and binding
*1. This law has often been illustrated using the
example of fax machines:
A single fax machine is useless, but the value of
every fax machine increases with the total
number of fax machines in the network, because
the total number of people with whom each
user may send and receive documents increases.
Which is the law being talked about?
4. Born and raised in Iran, as a child she wanted
to get into literature. The first time she
enjoyed a beautiful solution (sic) was when
her brother told her how Gauss worked out in
seconds how to sum all the numbers from 1 to
Which accomplished mathematician am I
5. The _______ problem is a major unsolved
problem in computer science. Informally, it
asks whether every problem whose solution
can be quickly verified by a computer can also
be quickly solved by a computer. It was
essentially first mentioned in a 1956 letter
written by Kurt Goodel to John von Neumann.
*6. X is a flower fly found only in Costa Rican
forests. Another fly found in similar habitats
was named Y; according to Chris Thompson,
the describer of these species, both names
were in "recognition of [their] great
contributions to the science of Dipterology“.
Give me either X and Y or the people after
whom X and Y were named.
Eristalis Gatesi and Eristali Alleni/ Bill Gates and
7. He was an English poet and a leading figure
in the Romantic movement. Among his best-
known works are the lengthy narrative
poems Don Juan, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage,
the short lyric She Walks in Beauty and his
Name of his daughter?
19. ZipDial acquired by X for $45 million, lets
users engage with a brand, celebrity or
organisation by simply making a 'missed call'
to a designated number. This was X's first
acquisition in India.
2. Specs of what?
• 5 inch (127 mm) 52-column display
• two floppy-disk drives
• a Z80 microprocessor
• 64k of RAM
• could fit under an airplane seat
• It could survive being accidentally dropped
• included a bundled software package that included
the CP/M operating system, the BASIC programming
language, the WordStar word processing package, and
the SuperCalc spreadsheet program.
Mr. Hedelson invented the Segway and he fell
off the cliff while riding a segway.
5. What made YouTube increase it’s view
counter from 32 bit to 64 bit?
Gangnam Style views surpassed the 32 bit limit
6. “Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic kitty-
powered version of Russian Roulette. Players
take turns drawing cards until someone draws an
exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is
made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by
peeking at cards before you draw, forcing
your opponent to draw multiple cards, or
shuffling the deck.”
Exploding Kittens is a card game by which..
10. Bought over by Google in 2011, created by
Tim and Nina as a way to collect and correlate
Itrates hotels, nightlife, shopping, zoos, music,
movies, golf courses, and airlines. The guides
are sold in book form, and formerly as a paid
subscription on its web site. Which online
14. “______ ______” is about understanding our
users’ root problems and making the best
product decisions to solve them. It’s not about
tipping the scale towards one extreme end,
but rather finding how to create the best day
to day experience.
Bertrand Russel, it’s a scene from a 1967 Hindi
24. Elements of whose vocab?
• Children were referred to as "epsilons"
• People who stopped doing mathematics had
• Music (except classical music) was "noise"
• People who had married were "captured"
• People who had divorced were "liberated"
• To give a mathematical lecture was "to preach"
• To give an oral exam to a student was "to torture"