Saturday, November 7, 2009

Mathematical Humour!

Today browsing through internet I came across an amazing piece of trivia regarding Google Inc which I found both interesting and hilarious.

The founders of Google Larry Page and Sergey Brin are so fond of mathematics that they created virtual Mathematical Jokes while taking important financial decisions. Google went for S-1 IPO filing in April 2004 to raise as much as 2.718281828 Billion Dollars; here the number might sound familiar as it is exponential function (Inverse of natural Log).

When Google actually went for the IPO in August 2004, they sold 14142135 shares out of their own and rest of sub stakeholders. Here again the figure is precisely chosen as it represents square root of 2 (1.41412135)

They did it again when in August 2005 Google announced to sell another 14,159,265 Shares, this again closely represents Pie (3.14159265).

The numbers must be fitted or chosen after deciding the roundabout requirement of financing by rigorous financial analysis but it still speaks loud about a company which is so fascinated by the power of Mathematics that they live it every day.

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