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The Einstein's Chauffeur New Post

4 min read | By Rakesh Singh

The genius and physicist Albert Einstein is known for his discoveries in the field of Physics. But do you know about his chauffeur's intelligency, although he didn't had any conventional knowledge like him but he had harbored a very sharp mind inside. So this little post is all about Einstein's driver.

Being a great physicist, Einstein used to get many invitation to give speeches in various cities, place and universities. Sometimes he had to give 5 to 6 speeches in a week. During one journey, his chauffeur, "Dr. Einstein, I have heard you deliver that lecture about 30 times. I know it by heart and bet I could give it myself." Listening to what he said, "Well, I’ll give you the chance”, said the Dr. “They don’t know me at the next University, so when we get there, I’ll put on your cap, and you introduce yourself as Dr. Einstein and give the lecture." Finally both agreed and dressed like him. After a couple of minutes both arrived at the location and his driver went onto the stage while Einstein was sitting at the very end in the public. While he was answering the question asked by the people, Einstein was amazed to see his chauffeur giving the speech the way he does and no one was doubting him.

Everything was moving smoothly until the question answer round starts among few other professors. Now Einstein thought that he will be busted in a moment. But that's where his intelligence came into play. Driver knew that he can imitate and can even memorize his answers but he can never be a real Einstein. After knowing that the questions are getting more complicated and are filled with mathematical equations one after the other he said, " I’m surprised you have to ask me. In fact, to show you just how simple it is, I’m going to ask my driver to come up here and answer your question", and he called him on the stage and Einstein handled all the questions thereafter.

Whether this incident is true or not we may never know. However, there's one thing that Einstein allowed his driver to get this far and no furthur in his scientific exploration. He knew that the best place for him is behind the wheel of his car. What could have happened if Einstein decided to involve his driver in scholarly discussions? Einstein would have lost a good driver and we would have lost Einstein.

What Drives Creativity?

2 min read | By Rakesh Singh

Some are born genius and some are made through consistent practice. Albert Einstein is said to be one of those. No one seems to understand his genius and creativity other than to say that it exploded like a bomb in his mind. Even today, Einstein is considered as the epitome of genuis. But the story of his work sings a very different song. For example, his biggest contribution, Theory Of Special Relativity, came as a stepwise series of little insights over the spread of many years.

Einstein used to have a very structured and systematic way of thinking and relied heavily upon thinking with visuals rather than words to unleas his creativity. There was a method to his madness and genuis and his success was not magic. Many scientist claimed that their best thought process occured in the form of visuals, even at level of fantasy. For Einstein, words and language are completely futile and mathematics is the only language to express any idea quantitatively. In one of his fantasies, he picturizes himself riding a beam of light while holding a mirror in front of him travelling at the same speed and in the same direction. As he was holding the mirror a little ahead of light's front, the light would never catch up the mirror to reflect an image. Therefore, Einstein could not see himself in the mirror. He called such fantasies 'a thought-process'.

Thinking of alternate answers requires imagination. Young children could imagine much more than older ones but unfortunately the schools tends to kill it in first few years. Creativity is a subset of learning competency and can be boosted through play, practice, and experience

The Joy Of Imperfection

1 min read | By Rakesh Singh

Perfection is overrated just like the motivation. Seeking a perfection means you will never truly love yourself because perfection can never be achieved. Its like a mirage in the desert. You can imagine it but you can't reach it becuase it doesn't exist. It will always leave you if you could have gone further a bit. Its our imperfections that really makes us who we are. It helps us to learn, to grow, to develop, to fail, to succeed, to truly try out something that's never done before, to love and to become the best version of ourselves. The joy of imperfection is knowing that whoever you are, is enough. And infact, its imperfectly perfect. Of course, we can never achieve perfection but we should try to attain the most perfection we are capable of. Moving on a right track is more important than actually hitting the target. That said, consistency is far more important than new and improved.

A Rolex Won't Give You More Time

3 min read | By Rakesh Singh

I don't know which family background you're coming from; whether you belong to a financially robust family or not? But there's one thing I know for sure that we easily get fascinated and allured by exorbitant things. Of course, who in the world can resist the enticement of a shiny Rolex and I understand the natural allure.

I can recite hundreds of platitudes here - but I won't - because in the end, it comes down to two things - Value and Quality Of Life. Speaking in terms of Value, does that watch really add value to your life, or does it drain the value? Don't consider the monetary value as it is an arbitrary measurement. I'm talking about the real, intrinsic value. Is that expensive watch worth $10,000 could equate your freedom of living?

Currently, I'm wearing a $10 watch and $18 a pair of trousers, and, yes, they are all worth $28 of my freedom to me in total. I wear them almost everyday, therefore, I get immense value from them. And if that branded and glassy watch do the same thing for you, then wear it with a pride. But if it doesn't, then why you still own it? Does it escalate your status? Or is it a part of your identity? Or your profession compels you? Whatever may be the reason is, you can't render more than 24 hours a day.

At this point, the purchase is done. You needn't beat yourself up over it as you can't undo the purchase. It's a sunk cost. If you get value from that watch - if it really enhances your life - then keep wearing it forever.

When it comes to live a life with a quality, we must consider how the watch adds value to the Quality Of Life. Very few materialistic possession could bring the happiness and the Quality of Life; but infact, most of them would take it away. Obviously, I can't and will not tell you what to do with that shiny timepiece. And who needs to know the time all the time anyway?

Maths Behind Your Card Number

3 min read | By Rakesh Singh

Have you ever wondered about the 15 or 16 digit number embedded onto your credit/debit card? Why it has always been so long and what's the purpose behind it? You might already know some facts but are you aware of the fundamental principle it works on? Don't worry if you don't know about it and many are still unaware of it. So without further ado, let's jump straight and see how your card works everywhere.

There are various card issuers available like American Express, China Union Pay, Discover, JCB, Maestro, Master Card and Diners Club International but the number of digits may vary. For instance, American Express holds 16 digits, Diners Club International holds from 9 to 16 digits and Maestro and Master Card holds 16.

The upcoming concept or logic was first developed by Peter Hans Luhn along with some other mathematicians in 1954 and introduced an algorithm named 'Luhn's Algorithm' after his name. Shortly thereafter, credit card companies adopted it because the algorithm was in public domain and can be used by anyone. The purpose behind it was to protect against accidental errors not malicious attacks.

Let's start with a typical 16-digit card number. Consider the following number
5 4 5 7 6 2 2 7 9 8 2 3 4 1 2 x as an example. According to the logic, the first 15-digits indicates respective person's account number and the last digit which verifies if the card is valid or not is called the 'check digit'.

Logic: Starting from the rightmost digit, multiply every second digit (i.e digits at the even places) by 2, i.e 4 X 2 = 8, and if the resulting number is a two digit number, then add them to get a single digit, i.e 6 X 2 = 12 becomes 1 + 2 = 3. Add the resulting digits with the digits at odd places. With given card number, it would look something like this: 1+4+1+7+3+2+4+7+9+8+4+3+8+1+4+x = (66+x) = TOTAL and whatever the total obtained must be always divisible by 10 and the check digit will always be a single-digit number. With the example taken above, the value of x will be 4 (which is a single digit number), so that the total will be 70 (which is divisible by 10) otherwise it won't be a valid card.

Therefore, the final card number will be 5 4 5 7 6 2 2 7 9 8 2 3 4 1 2 4. But 6 0 7 0 6 4 3 2 1 0 2 3 2 4 5 3 is not a valid card number because its TOTAL = 44 is not a multiple of 10. Now you know how your card works. Isn't it great?

What's stopping you to be you?

3s read | By Rakesh Singh

Its YOU!