My dad is a mechanical engineer, a P.E. to be exact, and those from engineering schools will understand what that means. I grew up with T-squares, and triangles, and old Boilermaker bookcovers from the 50’s. Dad’s been retired for years, but that part of his huge legacy lives on in me, (as well as my brother, also an M.E. from Purdue, who coined the phrase, “may the Great Rhombus bend your straightedge”.) Dad, in his own brand of jocularity, once told me I could go to any university of my choosing as long as it was Purdue, and could be anything I wanted, as long as it was an engineer.
HA! Good try, Dad. I have yet to experience a yearning for calculus.
That’s the context; here’s the story:
Mom and Dad, being the wonderful parents they were to four teenagers, were attending the Continue reading “Providential mathematics (or, holy ‘rithmatic)”