History Main / GoodWithNumbers

24th Sep '17 6:56:12 PM PixelKnight
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** The Bursar of Unseen University is this. Years ago, he was "a man whose idea of an exciting time had once been a boiled egg", and he has been driven totally, completely insane over the course of several books by Archchancellor Ridcully's habit of shouting at him and generally being as [[LargeHam Hammy]] as possible. However, if you ask the Bursar a question that has anything to do with math (as his title suggests) he is able to answer it no matter which reality curve his mind is riding at the time. Since it's difficult to tell if he's really all right after things like nasty shocks, in later books this becomes a way of diagnosing him; if he can still answer a math question correctly and immediately, he's perfectly fine. Ridcully even seems to know this:

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** The Bursar of Unseen University is this. Years ago, he was "a man whose idea of an exciting time had once been a boiled egg", and he has been driven totally, completely insane over the course of several books by Archchancellor Ridcully's habit of shouting at him and generally being as [[LargeHam Hammy]] as possible. However, if you ask the Bursar a question that has anything to do with math (as his title suggests) he is able to answer it no matter which reality curve his mind is riding at the time. Since it's difficult to tell if he's really all right after things like nasty shocks, in later books this becomes a way of diagnosing him; if he can still answer a math question correctly and immediately, he's perfectly fine.close enough to "fine" that it doesn't really matter. Ridcully even seems to know this:
21st Jul '17 11:22:44 PM MetalMax1991
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* In the film ''Film/{{DarkmanII:TheReturnofDurant}}'', Durant's henchman Edward is able to calculate the exact amount that henchman Rollo had stolen from Durant over the two and a half years he was in a coma.

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* In the film ''Film/{{DarkmanII:TheReturnofDurant}}'', ''Film/{{DarkmanIITheReturnofDurant}}'', Durant's henchman Edward is able to calculate the exact amount that henchman Rollo had stolen from Durant over the two and a half years he was in a coma.
21st Jul '17 11:21:26 PM MetalMax1991
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* In the film ''Film/{{Darkman II:The Return of Durant}}'', Durant's henchman Edward is able to calculate the exact amount that henchman Rollo had stolen from Durant over the two and a half years he was in a coma.

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* In the film ''Film/{{Darkman II:The Return of Durant}}'', ''Film/{{DarkmanII:TheReturnofDurant}}'', Durant's henchman Edward is able to calculate the exact amount that henchman Rollo had stolen from Durant over the two and a half years he was in a coma.
21st Jul '17 11:20:25 PM MetalMax1991
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* In the film ''Film/{{Darkman II: The Return of Durant}}'', Durant's henchman Edward is able to calculate the exact amount that henchman Rollo had stolen from Durant over the two and a half years he was in a coma.

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* In the film ''Film/{{Darkman II: The II:The Return of Durant}}'', Durant's henchman Edward is able to calculate the exact amount that henchman Rollo had stolen from Durant over the two and a half years he was in a coma.
21st Jul '17 11:19:41 PM MetalMax1991
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21st Jul '17 11:18:39 PM MetalMax1991
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*In the film ''Film/{{Darkman II: The Return of Durant}}'', Durant's henchman Edward is able to calculate the exact amount that henchman Rollo had stolen from Durant over the two and a half years he was in a coma.
30th May '17 11:42:51 PM PaulA
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* Andrew Jackson "Slipstick" Libby from Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Future History'' series. In his introductory short story ''Literature/{{Misfit}}'', he replaces a spaceship navigation computer by performing all spatial calculations needed to navigate the ship in real time ''in his head''. And his mathematical genius comes to light when he warns of a critical calculation error made in setting a small nuclear charge based on what he's learned about laying the charges just by watching the officer making the calculations. (For the younger generation who've never seen one, a "slipstick" is a nickname for a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slide_rule slide rule]], a type of analog calculation aid common before hand-held calculators got good enough to do things like logarithms.)

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* Andrew Jackson "Slipstick" Libby from Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Future History'' series. In his introductory short story ''Literature/{{Misfit}}'', "Misfit", he replaces a spaceship navigation computer by performing all spatial calculations needed to navigate the ship in real time ''in his head''. And his mathematical genius comes to light when he warns of a critical calculation error made in setting a small nuclear charge based on what he's learned about laying the charges just by watching the officer making the calculations. (For the younger generation who've never seen one, a "slipstick" ("Slipstick" is a an in-universe nickname for a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slide_rule slide rule]], a type of analog calculation aid common before hand-held calculators got good enough to do things like logarithms.)
15th May '17 10:00:53 AM FordPrefect
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* Kim Peek, the real life inspiration for {{Rain man}}.

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* Kim Peek, the real life inspiration for {{Rain man}}.Man}}.
15th May '17 9:56:01 AM FordPrefect
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* ''Film/Cube'':
** played straight with Kazan, [[spoiler: the autistic savant]]
** averted with Leaven, who initially notices the pattern of [[spoiler: prime numbers marking traps]] and so is tapped as the brain of the group. But as Quentin applies pressure and insists that she has "a gift", she fires back that he could do the same and should chip in

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* ''Film/Cube'':
''Film/{{Cube}}'':
** played Played straight with Kazan, [[spoiler: the autistic savant]]
savant]].
** averted Averted with Leaven, who initially notices the pattern of [[spoiler: prime numbers marking traps]] and so is tapped as the brain of the group. But as Quentin applies pressure and insists that she has "a gift", she fires back that he could do the same and should chip inin.
14th May '17 11:14:45 AM Kakai
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* Kel Cheris of ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'' is extremely good with numbers, to the point she can create entire new geometric formations on the fly - which is SeriousBusiness when your entire magic system is based around geometry.
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