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dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 2:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I recently met an extraordinarily bright young man who had earned a degree in mechanical engineering by the age of 4! How can this be?

could go quick - email me your early spioler!
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 3:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

e-mailed
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 3:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Eliot

Does the "premature" puzzler by any chance involve leap years? no If so I'm afraid I'm out. not just yet!
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 3:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Oh wonderful!
Has this person literally been on Earth for only four years? Has he taken all courses necessary for the degree? Has he gone to college? (I feel like an irate superintendant of some sort.)

Oh, or is the degree not a piece of paper certifying expertise in a certain subject? Do many children have this degree?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 3:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has this person literally been on Earth for only four years? no Has he taken all courses necessary for the degree? yes Has he gone to college? yes (I feel like an irate superintendant of some sort.) Skinnerr!!

Oh, or is the degree not a piece of paper certifying expertise in a certain subject? it is Do many children have this degree? no
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 4:03 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

e-mailed
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 4:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

John M. is precociously correct! :)
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 5:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have also sent an e-mail
Lynne (Lynne)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 6:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are these Martian years?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 6:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Logician
does he belong to a religion / culture where he only "ages" once he reaches a certain age no

Lynne
Are these Martian years? no
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 7:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"the age of 4": Is this referring not to his age but to the age of something/ someone else? The length of time he was in college? Relevant that it's a mechanical engineer degree?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 7:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is this referring not to his age but to the age of something/ someone else? no The length of time he was in college? no Relevant that it's a mechanical engineer degree? no
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 7:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is "the age of four" not four years but four decades, or something similar?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 7:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is "the age of four" not four years but four decades, or something similar? no
Fred Z (Dref)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 8:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he a child prodigy?
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 8:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is he a child prodigy? no
Johanna (Buzzard)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 9:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

About to send an email
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 10:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Buzzard has got it too!
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 12:09 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Of course she has. ;) I must be overlooking the obvious.
If I saw this young man, would I think, "4 years old"? Is he four years old, for that matter? Relevant who gave him the degree?
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 5:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he actually 24 years old, perchance?
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 5:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was he 24?
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 5:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

lol, a bit of premature clicking there ;)
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 8:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Eliot
If I saw this young man, would I think, "4 years old"? no Is he four years old, for that matter? no. nevertheless what I wrote was factually correct
Relevant who gave him the degree? no

Logician
Was he actually 24 years old, perchance? exactly right.. and yet, he was far younger than 24!
care to provide the spoiler?
Ed Mason (Logician)
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 9:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you insist...

The '4!' means 4 (factorial), which means 4x3x2x1, and equals 24 - a perfectly reasonable age to get a degree.
Eliot (Eliot)
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2005 - 9:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Aha!

([Aha]x[aha-1]x[aha-2]...)
dryman (Dryman)
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 1:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

*** SPOILER ***
See answer above. And see link below for more terrible math(s) humo(u)r.

My factorial legal scam

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