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  • Wealth & Knowledge... Mathematically Stated

    After applying some simple algebra to some trite phrases and cliches a new understanding can be reached of the secret to wealth and success.

    Here it goes.

    Knowledge is Power
    Time is Money and as every engineer knows,BR> Power is Work over Time.

    So, substituting algebraic equations for these time worn bits of wisdom, we get:

    K = P (1)
    T = M (2)
    P = W/T (3)

    Now, do a few simple substitutions:
    Put W/T in for P in equation (1), which yields:

    K = W/T (4)

    Put M in for T into equation (4), which yields:

    K = W/M (5).

    Now we've got something. Expanding back into English, we get:

    Knowledge equals Work over Money.

    What this MEANS is that:

    1. The More You Know, the More Work You Do, and/or
    2. The More You Know, the Less Money You Make.

    Solving for Money, we get:

    M = W/K (6)

    Money equals Work Over Knowledge.

    From equation (6) we see that Money approaches infinity as Knowledge approaches 0, regardless of the Work done.

    What THIS MEANS is:

    The More you Make, the Less you Know.

    Solving for Work, we get

    W = M K (7)

    Work equals Money times Knowledge

    From equation (7) we see that Work approaches 0 as Knowledge approaches 0.

    What THIS MEANS is:

    The stupid rich do little or no work

    Working out the socioeconomic implications of this breakthrough is left as an exercise for the reader.