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"From the Ted Talk by Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify"

#### Unscramble the Blue Letters

Two different mythologies. Which is right? Two different mythologies, two different ways of looking at the wrlod. One linear, one cyclical. One believes this is the one and only life. The other believes this is one of many lives. And so, the denominator of Alexander's life was one. So, the value of his life was the sum total of his achievements. The dantnoimeor of the gymnosophist's life was intiifny. So, no matter what he did, it was always zero. And I believe it is this mythological paradigm that inspired idnian mathematicians to discover the number zero. Who knows?

#### Open Cloze

Two different mythologies. Which is right? Two different mythologies, two different ways of looking at the **_____**. One linear, one cyclical. One believes this is the one and only life. The other believes this is one of many lives. And so, the denominator of Alexander's life was one. So, the value of his life was the sum total of his achievements. The **___________** of the gymnosophist's life was **________**. So, no matter what he did, it was always zero. And I believe it is this mythological paradigm that inspired **______** mathematicians to discover the number zero. Who knows?

#### Solution

- world
- infinity
- indian
- denominator

#### Original Text

Two different mythologies. Which is right? Two different mythologies, two different ways of looking at the world. One linear, one cyclical. One believes this is the one and only life. The other believes this is one of many lives. And so, the denominator of Alexander's life was one. So, the value of his life was the sum total of his achievements. The denominator of the gymnosophist's life was infinity. So, no matter what he did, it was always zero. And I believe it is this mythological paradigm that inspired Indian mathematicians to discover the number zero. Who knows?#### Important Words

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