October 11, 2006

Post #2076 – 20061011

I enjoyed your review of your struggles with arithmatic. Mine were similar. And it was suggested that the Army might have a suitable career path for me (1968) rather than continuing to struggle with academia. But, I am stubborn. After the invention of the pocket calculator and its general distribution I went to graduate school for architecture. What a difference! Finally freed of the need to memorize and introduced to mathematic’s practical applications, I discovered that I loved mathematics. I didn’t know jocks had these problems, I had assumed it was restricted to the artist types, like me.

Daniel replies:

My friends in high school were mostly boys who _hoped_ to be accepted by the U.S. Army--most didn't make it.