# A Mathematical Proposal

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.

Let it be R + A.

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## 19 thoughts on “A Mathematical Proposal”

1. Wow, I figured both by just looking and thinking about the equations. I find that putting all that down to equal nothing may be a waste of time. Yet we all figure out ways to waste time.

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2. I wonder if R got down on one knee when he proposed to A? I think it would be great to find out how it all turned out as well …

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3. Alice Cimino says:

That was very witty, and overly cute…

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4. 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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1. I only seen them in bookstores a few times and I haven’t bought one.

My university’s library had several of them though.

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