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Let’s go, Camping! How Harold does his math.

Harold Camping calculates that the world will end on Friday, October 21, 2011. Mr. Camping and several like-minded persons shared the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in mathematics, for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.

How does Harold Camping do math? He shares his secrets in his mathematics text book: The Perfect Harmony of the Numbers of the Hebrew Kings. You can read the whole book online.) Here are some tips from Mr. Camping’s book:

This little essay about Mr. Camping’s mathematics first appeared in the October issue of mini-AIR, several days prior to the (predicted) end of the world. In case your math is rustier than Mr. Camping’s, here’s a simple math primer, courtesy of Tom Lehrer:

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