Tag: maths

Pieces of eight
For Christmas I bought Ben a book by Simon Singh called The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets. I think Ben is enjoying it because I’ve heard him laugh a few times, most recently this morning after reading this joke: Q: What says “pieces of seven, pieces of seven”? A: A parroty error. I didn’t get […]

Insufferable mathematicians
Elizabeth had some homework this week which involved asking a member of her family to write some random numbers between 0 and 1,000 on a piece of paper for her to put in the correct numerical order. She asked her father and this is what he gave her: 869, 17, 3.5, 29, 19, 437, 832, […]

What not to say to a mathematician at a party
Whenever Ben tells a stranger at a party he’s a mathematician the response is usually something like, “I hated maths at school”. It’s a very common response but if you changed the word “maths” to something else it’s also a very odd response. Imagine telling someone you’re a florist and they respond with, “I hate […]

Sums
Daniel loves maths. Perhaps he’ll be a mathematician like his Daddy. Last night, we caught him doing sums. He has his own unique notation (although Ben tells me it’s not that unique and looks similar to Reverse Polish Notation), but the calculations are correct. 3+3=6 4+4=8 5+5=10 100+100=200 9+9=18 and 8+8=16 selfportrait