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In Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, how does Gulliver understand that the Lilliputians are excellent mathematicians?

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Gulliver decides that the Lilliputians are good mathematicians because of their ability to accurately calculate his size, clothing needs, and food requirements.  

I would tend to agree with Gulliver because the Lilliputians used only a single instrument and measurement to calculate Gulliver's overall size and calorie intake needs.  The tool that they used was a quadrant, which historically has been used to measure altitude angles of stars.  The mathematicians took a quadrant reading of Gulliver's height, and they compared that to their own height.  The...

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