The Story of The Creator of Chess

Have you heard the story of when the king (maharaja) wanted to reward the creator of chess, because he enjoyed the game so much?

The story goes that all the inventor asked for was to put a single grain of wheat on the first square (1), two (2) on the next square, four (4) on the third square, eight (8) on the next one and so on... the king was even offended a bit and he asked "are you sure that's what you want? I rule over the empire I can grant any wish you have, can give you gold and treasure". But the inventor modestly insisted so they started measuring out the grains...

What do you think happened next?



Why don't you look it up on Youtube and post your favorite in the comments?

my favorite:


bacterial growth is similarly exponential:


and the famous "Powers of 10"video


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