Puzzle #130: The Plato Riddle

I am on a roll here with the old-time biggies, after Einstein we have Plato now! This is a beautiful puzzle and riddle contributed by Sirisha Gadepalli, an IIT Campus friend – thank you Sirisha!

Here it goes:

Aristotle was the prized student of Plato, and the good thing was that they never had to sit in classrooms, all the learning was outside the class. But the boring part was that Plato was the only teacher, so he would teach everything and mix up different subjects together, basically there was no maths period, or science period or social studies period.
One day while walking together, Plato and Aristotle had the conversation below.

——————all that matters begins here—————————–

Plato: a square be square, a cube be cube.
Aristotle: well isn’t it obvious?
Plato(smiles): And they both combine to give a circle.
Aristotle: that’s so deep.
Plato(smirks): But a square is not circle, and let circle not be square.
Aristotle(irritatingly): so, whats the question?
Plato(after a while): what is a bee?
Aristotle: what?????????
Plato (takes a deep breath): Close your eyes Aristotle, and repeat what I said. What stops you from answering the question is your failure to identify that one negativity which you are not realizing.

————Nothing else matters——————————————

As always, please send your answers as comments within the blog (preferred), or send an e-mail to alokgoyal_2001@yahoo.com. Please do share the puzzle with others if you like, and please also send puzzles that you have come across that you think I can share in this blog.

Happy Valentine Day to all of you!



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6 Responses to Puzzle #130: The Plato Riddle

  1. Manjiri says:

    The answer is 1.

    a square b a square = a^2 and b^2
    similarly we have a^3 and b^3.
    Both combines to a circle which could be a 0 .since a^2 or b^2 is not a 0, The sum of
    a^2+b^2+a^3+b^3 = 0
    which gives a = -1 and b = -1

    So a bee -> ab = -1*-1 = 1.

  2. Priyanka Jinagouda says:


  3. Suman says:

    ahh, i did pursue this line of thought but didn’t substitute 0 for a circle 🙂 actually, i went off on a tangent trying to relate it some famous greek problems.

    good one!

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