A Mathematical Proposal

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There is a quaint story in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 15th Series (1969) about a man who used mathematical terms to propose. Robert Greer, a mathematics teacher at the Mount School in York, England, made the following proposal to a girl named Anne in 1880:

If R = 1/2 and A = 1/2,
Then R + A = 1,
But RA = nothing at all.

The lucky man received a positive reply from Anne:

Let it be R + A.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

19 thoughts on “A Mathematical Proposal

  1. I read electricity and automation 13 years ago and there was a lot of math in the calculations. I had six math books in varying degrees of difficulty, but did not read more than second-degree equations and formulas. Since then, I have unfortunately not “updated” and forgot much of the fun of mathematics. The PLC programming I would probably be able to revive with a few weeks of exercise.Because my knowledge has deteriorated a lot, it would be appreciated that you are putting out some math problems for us “ordinary”.😀 My profession is in steel construction where I build different designs after drawing.

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