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Subject: Fwd: knowledge and money

Here is a demonstration of why math is so important and useful in life. After applying some simple algebra to some trite phrases and cliches, a new understanding can be reached on the secret to wealth and success!

Here we go.....

Knowledge is Power

Time is Money.
And as every engineer knows,
Power is Work over Time.
So, substituting algebraic equations for these time-worn bits of wisdom, we get:
K = P (1)
T = M (2)
P = W/T (3)

Now, do a few simple substitutions:

Put W/T in for P in equation (1), which yields:
K = W/T (4)

Put M in for T into equation (4), which yields:

K = W/M (5).

Now we've got something.

Expanding back into English, we get:

Knowledge equals Work over Money.
I think what this means is that:
1. The More You Know, the More Work You Do,
2. The More You Know, the Less Money You Make.

Solving for Money, we get:

M = W/K (6)
Money equals Work Over Knowledge.
From equation (6) we see that Money approaches infinity as Knowledge approaches 0, regardless of the Work done.

What THIS MEANS is (I think):

The More you Make, the Less you Know.

Finally, solving for Work, we get

W = M x K (7)
or, in English:
Work equals Money times Knowledge

So, from equation (7) we see that Work approaches zero as Knowledge approaches zero, regardless of the amount of Money!

What THIS MEANS (I think) is:
The rich do not necessarily know anything, or have to work!
Of course, I think most of us suspected this all along!!

Working out the socioeconomic implications of this breakthrough

is left as an exercise for the reader. Now you can know why and how, the only question remaining is WHAT???

"Conquer yourself rather than the world"

-Rene Descartes

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