If you happen to home school your children, if you are a teacher, or you tutor folks now and then, this is a great way to teach calculus:

Life is equal to the integral from birth to death of happiness over time with the change in time.

The beauty of this algorithm is that you get to define the algorithm for happiness and its unit of measure e.g. happiness may be equal to the amount of time you get to spend with your family and friends.  You may want to augment the duration as well e.g. until the time you are forgotten.

If you are a geek at heart like me, then you will naturally augment the sum total of life to be 42.  Are you excited about the remake?


– post updated 8/8/2011 to reflect image used on my bio –