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Last week, it started off innocently enough. "Mama, what's chlorophyll?" I started to explain, but then took out my Blackberry. Called up Wikipedia, and spent the next three blocks reading out loud as we walked. We followed links for things we didn't understand. We gawked at the information. We laughed out loud.

By the time we reached the office, we had traveled the breadth of space and washed up, defeated, against the shores of Dark Energy.

Tonight, we wondered out loud if zero was even or odd. We explored prime numbers, figured out somebody's algorithm for finding primes, and by the time Delicious came home, we were talking about squares, square roots, and the idea of the infinitely divisible, approaching but never reaching the terminus.

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Date: 2011-05-24 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baggyk.livejournal.com
You are really smart.

it's all the kid's fault

Date: 2011-05-24 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soloadventure.livejournal.com
When he was really little, I had to come up with creative ways to make numbers make sense to him... pennies were great, and that's where I actually SAW what square numbers are... whole numbers whose arrangement create perfect squares.

The Kid was trying to find a numeric value for dividing nothing into nothing. So I held out both hands, palms up. "If we have zero food in the house, and I divide it in two, and give you half, how much food do you have?"

That made sense to him. HAH! But I wouldn't be thinking about numbers without him. And Dark Matter, Dark Energy? Fuggedaboudit.


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