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