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The square? That's the sticker for most of us. What's the square got to do with it? We understand, Or we think we do, that of course the more "mass" a thing has the more it pulls. In reality this is the real philosophical difficulty, since mass means power to "pull," and "pull" means having mass. But we don't look into it so far as that; the bigger the mass, the bigger the pull, all right. " It seems an odd thing. Why the square? Why not the cube, or the anything else? We don't see, till we learn to get it straight, that the thing is self-evident.
To THE REV. GEORGE COLERIDGE DEAR BROTHER, I have often been surprised that Mathematics, the quintessence of Truth, should have found admirers so few and so languid. Frequent consideration and minute scrutiny have at length unravelled the cause; viz. that though Reason is feasted, Imagination is starved; whilst Reason is luxuriating in its proper Paradise, Imagination is wearily travelling on a dreary desert. To assist Reason by the stimulous of Imagination is the design of the following production.
7 WHY PARENTS CAN'T ADD ART BUCHWALD Mr. Buchwald is one of the more effective people presently trying to keep matters in perspective-that is, keep his head when all ar01md ~ people are losing theirs. In his regular columns in the newspapers, he pokes fun at most everyone, from the President down to the lowliest bureaucrat, and at most everything, including the New Math. Perhaps youll recognize some of the strange business which confuses him in this little essay. There has been a great deal of discussion about American education in the last ten years and everyone has come up with his theory as to why Johnny can't add.