Logical Problem - Creative Thinking

published in: Leadership inventory

18 Feb
2010

Discover what is the next number in the numerical raw:

2, 3, 10, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 , 36, 37, 38, 39, 200, ...?
 
 
The problem was given to the pupils, born in 1995 and their teachers from the elite Mathematical School of Sofia, which student regularly won medals on the world mathematics championships. Neither teachers nor students were able to solve it.
 
The reason to publish this task is that we often underestimate the harm of stereotypes, ideologies, leaders who we blindly follow. When you put "frames" on the brain, it ceases to reveal elementary logical connections.
 
It is a very big defect of the educational systems all over the world that instead of developing children’s critical thinking and inquisitiveness about the world nature, they impose models, that should assist the children to "succeed" in our perpetually sick society (instead of acting to the benefit of the society, its members act  to their personal benefit, predominantly). And when the children grow up they stop asking the question “Why?”. How could possibly they break the boundaries this society has built? How could possibly they heal our society? ... And if you have reached that far - the answer is two hundred and one, because the numerical chain is composed of all numbers beginning with the letter "t", arranged in ascending order.
 
 

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