But I think even the most devout discalculate mathephobians will enjoy his e-mail. And the latter part of the e-mail had something for those of us who also like word puzzles, like cryptograms. Here are a couple of clever quotes I found on the web this morning:

Some people love math because it is consistent and logical.

*"How many times can you subtract 7 from 83, and what is left afterwards? You can subtract it as many times as you want, and it leaves 76 every time." ~Author Unknown*

Some people hate math because it is consistent and logical.

*"I know that two and two make four - and should be glad to prove it too if I could - though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 + 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure." ~George Gordon, Lord Byron*

Inspired by today's subject (can you imagine that?) I wrote this little poem this morning. I haven't really refined it yet, so consider it as a work in progress.

Math 1

by Suzanne Eaton (that's me!) 10/07/07

Addend two plus addend two results in the sum of four.

If we make four the minuend, when subtraction is the chore,

And then we name the subtrahend that happy number two,

The difference is the answer then, as well the problem, too.

When two is multiplied by two, the product will be four,

Increasing exponentially, two seems to be much more.

If four becomes the dividend and the divisor now is two,

Two will be the quotient then- not one and not a few.

But back to exponentials, where two twos is always four,

And one two its extracted root, for now and ever more.

Following the logic, don’t you think it's true

When multiplied by itself, shouldn’t one be two?

And one will still be only one when raised to the power of three!

I think I’ll leave this problem to a power much greater than me.

Here is Dad's inspiring e-mail from this morning. (If there is any part of it you don't like, just subtract the subtrahend from the minuend and the result will be different.)

"Beauty of Math"

1 x 8 + 1 = 9

12 x 8 + 2 = 98

123 x 8 + 3 = 987

1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876

12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765

123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654

1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543

12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432

123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11

12 x 9 + 3 = 111

123 x 9 + 4 = 1111

1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111

12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111

123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111

1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111

12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111

123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88

98 x 9 + 6 = 888

987 x 9 + 5 = 8888

9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888

98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888

987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888

9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888

98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn't it?And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1

11 x 11 = 121

111 x 111 = 12321

1111 x 1111 = 1234321

11111 x 11111 = 123454321

111111 x 111111 = 12345654321

1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321

11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321

111111111 x 111111111=12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this...101%

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:What Equals 100%? What does it mean togive MORE than 100%?Ever wonder about those people who say theyare giving more than 100%?We have all been in situations where someonewants you to GIVE OVER 100%.How about ACHIEVING 101%?What equals 100% in life?Here's a little mathematical formula that mighthelp answer these questions:

If:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

If:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

And:

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:

L-O-V-E-O-F-G-O-D

12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that: While Hard Work and Knowledgewill get you close, and Attitude will get you there,It's the Love of God that will put you over the top!

Have a great Sunday everyone.

Love,

Suz