It’s an honor to have Mehtamatics on our site. His total contributions exceed 113,00 and of those, 75,000 are original answers. Our community of members certainly appreciates and values Mehtamatics: he has over 4,000 Trust Points! His favorite category is Mathematics and he provides excellent answers to math-related questions. Originally from India, today he resides to the southwest of London, where he enjoys both nature and city life in this privileged location! He is a bit of a philosopher, in addition to being an excellent mathematician. Read more and get to know this thoughtful and interesting member of Answers.com.
What is your first name? Anand.
What is your occupation?
I worked for 30 years as a statistician. I retired four years ago and am now a mathematics tutor for children – mainly between the ages of 13 and 18. I am also a governor at the school that my children went to many years ago. As with Answers, I got hooked there and cannot let go!
What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?
My surname is Mehta and my main interest on Answers is mathematics, so the username – mehtamatics. It was a no-brainer to someone who also enjoys word games. When I first came across Answers, I had already started using the name for my tutoring business. So it was either that, or try to use the fact that my name: A MEHTA appears backwards in mATHEMAtics. Shows you what a convoluted mind I have!
I was born and brought up in Mumbai, in India. I still have family living there so I’d better not say what I really think of it! I spent three years in Brighton in the UK and have lived in the London area since 1976. I have spent most of my time in Kingston-upon-Thames (south west of London) where I live now and would not choose to live elsewhere. I am near enough to Central London to take advantage of the cultural opportunities, but only 5 minutes away from 950 hectares (3.7 sq miles) of Richmond Park. Within a 15-minute walk, I can see Old Father Thames flowing by.
How did you discover Answers.com?
It was a complete accident. I had entered some question into Google and was directed to Answers.com.
What enticed you to join our community?
The first answer that I looked at was wrong! I checked, double-checked and decided that I could not let that go! So my first contribution was an edit. I knew that I could do better, so I started answering questions. And the rest, as they say, is history!
In those days, you did not need to be on social media to register. If that had been required, I would very definitely not have signed up.
What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?
I like to show off my mathematical knowledge and expertise! Seriously, though, I know that I can help people with mathematical questions. I only answer questions when I am sure of the answer – even if that is to say there can be no answer. But, on occasion, I will also point out broader issues around the questions. Often these are about other considerations that may need to be taken into account to get a “better” answer.
If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to become a part of our community?
It is collaborative effort: you contribute as much as you like – or as little, though I hope that is not the case. As with any joint venture, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Most people are there for the same reason as you. We want your help! And we will help you to help us.
What life accomplishments are you proud of?
What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?
What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
I went up in a Tiger Moth and allowed the pilot to hand the controls over to me. I am just about at ease in an Airbus 380, and this little thing could take off on the wingspan of an Airbus. I am not sure about daring but the episode made me question my sanity.
What is your favorite song?
What is your favorite poem and why?
It is CP Cavafy’s Ithaca. Don’t get too hung up on the destination but make the most of the journey – through life. It was my dad’s favourite and I guess this was his spiritual legacy to me.
What makes you unique?
Everyone is unique and that is what makes the world such a fantastic place!
It depends on whether it is a glass of good merlot or some supermarket gut rot. I do not see things in black and white – more as shades of gray and a lot of my answers feature that characteristic. There is no simple answer; it depends on this or that.
You can only pick one: banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook. Which would you choose and why?
It would have to be a butterfly, because that was what my wife and I called our first child before she was formally named. We considered synonyms in other languages for her name but failed to find one that also sounded right. As an aside, years later, MSN would not allow her that username because of the initial 4-letter word!
What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com contributor?
That is easy! Not losing my cool with people who are just lazy. Actually, I have several pet hates.
- questions that could be answered more simply if only the person could be bothered to use the calculator on their computer. And I am talking about questions that young children in the UK (not the most mathematically able country) could enter correctly into a calculator.
- atrocious spelling (see my first “favourite” question). I keep reminding myself that English is not everyone’s first language. It is not mine either (it is my fourth), but I can be bothered to make the effort to check my UK spelling.
- questions referring to “following” or “below” where there is nothing following or below.
- people who write an answer saying they don’t know the answer. Why bother?
- and then there is the problem that the Answers browser will not accept most mathematical symbols, so many questions are incomprehensible.
What are you most passionate about in your life?
What is your favorite quote and why?
I do not have a quote, but as a mathematician, I do have a favourite equation and it is Euler’s formula: ei π + 1 = 0. It brings together the five most important numbers in mathematics 0, 1, e, i and π in one simple equation – without any extra baggage!
Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
Anywhere that I have not yet been – and that is the reason.
Do you have any special talents?
Does “I can spend all my spare time on Answers.com” count? I have an insatiable appetite for collecting trivial knowledge. Unfortunately my retrieval system, although effective, is not fast enough to make me vast sums of money on quiz shows.
Check out some of Mehtamatics‘ answers, and the reasons he chose them:
How many graphs are there? The answer includes my all-time favourite graph.
How many faces, edges and corners does an octahedron have? It’s a simple enough question but a more complicated answer than might have been expected.
What can be concluded if the intersection of two regular languages is the empty language? Think outside the box. The obvious answer may not be the only one.