The Secrets Of Mathematics (+ - * %)
Mathematics would come like philosophy from his mind. He'd link physics to daily life. Students would go to an extent to skip the meal, to attend his lectures.
Government colleges in India are famous for a dictum, "lecturers rarely speak and students seldom listen." but when Prabhu Kumar lectures, even the support staff would listen.
I'm one of his lucky students. I still, recall the first sentence of his first lecture, when he quoted with confidence, "To all the theists in the class, remember that mathematics is the only way to reach your spiritual goal, and to the atheist, remember this vast nature can't function without the precise mathematical and physical calculations. If the sun rises in the morning, mathematics is working. Mobile networks work on the principle of the honeycomb. Honey bees built a precise hexagon.
The seashells you encounter on the beach, have you observed? They follow the perfect Fibonacci series pattern."
The entire class was mesmerized when these words came from the mouth of that genius mind.
He then asked a simple question that puzzled everyone in the class.
"So students have you ever wondered why your teacher taught you addition first, then subtraction followed by multiplication and division?"
Students were baffled by this question. From the time immemorial, always this sequence of teaching is followed, addition, subtraction, multiplication followed by division. But no one ever wanted to know why this sequence is followed while teaching.
With a brief pause, Prabhu Kumar started explaining.
"Human life is divided into four sections. It's time and again said, humans can live up to a hundred years.
The first twenty-five years of life, are reserved for learning. You add every bit of knowledge you get, right from speaking and walking. Next, he acquires the other knowledge and skills required to lead the life and serve society. Here comes the addition.
In the next twenty-five years, a person gets married and has kids. He spends the money on others. Especially for the education, health, and entertainment of his family. He invests his hard-earned money for his family's future. Here comes the subtraction.
The third twenty-five years are very significant. His investments have started bearing fruit. In the olden days, it was cows, trees, etc., which after some time started producing an ample number of fruits. Nowadays, investments in banks in terms of fixed deposits, pension schemes, SIP, equity, etc. which start giving dividends. He suddenly feels, his money has multiplied.
In the last twenty-five years of his life, he has already experienced everything. He's waiting for death and salvation. He divides his wealth among the next generation and readies himself on the path of spirituality."
The entire class was spellbound. The secret of the sequence was finally out. Prabhu Kumar had indeed told an eternal truth.
Prabhu Kumar concluded the class, with some golden words in the history. " I want you guys to be so much perfect in physics and mathematics, like those Indian nuclear scientists, who conducted the first nuclear test in 1974. When they were asked, what's the guarantee that the tests will be successful? One of the scientists quoted with confidence, either this should work, or the laws stated in physics and mathematics are wrong."
"From today, we'll unveil the secrets of physics and mathematics. You'll be studying god's language."