Saturday, October 09, 2004
Solve the Equation, Get an Interview at Google
Google recently made a very public display of its attempt to attract math whizzes. It launched a billboard advertising campaign featuring a complex equation in front of the domain root ".com" -- making the puzzle’s solution a Web address. Candidates who made it to that page were asked to solve a harder second problem, which in turn guided them to yet another Web page that asked for their resume.
One of the harder questions that was asked:Imagine an analog clock set to 12 o'clock. Note that the hour and minute hands overlap. How many times each day do both the hour and minute hands overlap? How would you determine the exact times of the day that this occurs?
Answer: via NPR