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The following words are written on a famous mathematician's grave.
"Following the 1/6th of my life I spent as a child, I spent 1/12th of my life as a young man. Then, 1/7th of my life later, I got married. Five years after I wed, I was blessed with a child, but sadly, he only lived half the time I was alive before passing away. Today, four years after his death, I too will depart from this world."
- US Version
Can you use these words to figure out how many years the mathematician lived?
- UK Version
Can you work out how many years the mathematician lived?
This puzzle takes some brainpower, but keep at it.
The mathematician was alive for 84 years. Setting up a linear equation, as shown above, makes short work of this puzzle.
Interestingly enough, a puzzle very similar to the one you just solved is said to be written upon the headstone of the grave of Diophantus, a famous ancient Greek mathematician.
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