The leap from a grid to lines

In Maths at Primary School, we used gridded exercise books to doour sums. I used to see the exercise books of my brother Ben, twoyears senior, and be frightened, not at the maths involved but at the fact thatall of his workings were atop lined paper.

I remember thisenforced transition on entering Secondary School being a frighteningperiod in my life at the time, as I genuinely didn’t know how I wouldcope with a freeform space (at least in one dimension) in which to domy sums.

I coped, but the months beforehand were nervous times.


5 Responses to “The leap from a grid to lines”

  1. Art Vandelay on November 1st, 2006 06:19

    I would like you to submit a post on your favourite number. Please include your reasons with your answer.

  2. Dan on November 1st, 2006 06:28

    Dear Art,

    Favourite integer: 2. It’s the lowest prime. No-brainer.

    Favourite number: pi. No rationale necessary.

  3. Art Vandelay on November 1st, 2006 07:17

    why is no explanation necessary? I need an explanation, Jerry. I need one!

  4. Dan on November 1st, 2006 07:57

    It just is. Alright?

    BTW, if you stack five traditional lager pint glasses on top of each other, is the stack taller than the circumference of the top glass?

  5. Thomas Viner on November 2nd, 2006 09:37

    Yes, it definitely is. Either that or no.

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