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Entry from April 10, 2018
“Why didn’t the Romans find algebra very difficult?"/"Because X was always 10.”

An algebra riddle has been printed on many images:

Q: Why didn’t the Romans find algebra very difficult?
A: Because X was always 10.


“The Romans didn’t find algebra very challenging, because X was always 10” was posted on the newsgroup alt.society.zeitgeist on June 20, 2000.


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The Romans didn’t find algebra very challenging, because X was always 10.

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The Romans didn’t find algebra very challenging, because X was always 10.
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The Romans didn’t find algebra very challenging, because X was always 10.
12:50 AM - 5 Mar 2009

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Michael Klobe
@klobetime
Algebra was easy for the Romans because “X” was always 10.
3:06 PM - 11 Mar 2009

Google Books
Change and Invariance:
A Textbook on Algebraic Insight into Numbers and Shapes

By Ilya Sinitsky
Boston, MA: Sense Publishers
2016
Pg. 226:
A joke: The Romans didn’t find algebra very challenging, because X was always 10.

Reddit—Jokes
Why didn’t the Romans find algebra very challenging?
submitted May 17, 2016 by Dodgerballs
Because X was always 10

Reddit—Jokes
Why didn’t the Romans find algebra very difficult?
submitted April 10, 2018 by Mikluvinb
Because X was always 10

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 • Permalink