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You are invited to perform the following steps. (Be warned that if you choose too large of a number you or your calculator may reach its limits!) Step A: Pick ANY number, and write it inside of These brackets. [ ] Step B: Write the sum of 1 and the number from Step A inside of these brackets. [ ] Step C: Write the sum of 4 and the number from Step B inside of these brackets. [ ] Step D: Write the sum of 1 and the number from Step C inside of these brackets. [ ] Step E: Write the difference between the number in Step D and 4 in these brackets. [ ] Step F: Write the sum of 1 and the number from Step E inside of these brackets. [ ] Step G: Write the sum of 4 and the number from Step F inside of these brackets. [ ] Step H: Write the difference of the product of the numbers in steps E, F, and G, from the products of the numbers in steps A, B, and C in these brackets. (PHEW!) [ ] Now, FINALLY (Step H stands for "HOORAY!"), if you have calculated correctly (?), the number in Step H should be 12, regardless of which number you started with. Why is this? It can be proven with simple algebra (Prove it!), if you first disentangle the words. It can even be proven by simple arithmetic, starting with 1+2=3. ( Harder to prove, try it!) But, and here is a mystery, there are deeper properties of mathematics that are buried within it. For instance: There is a connection with the crystal structure of diamonds and a connection with the mathematical structure of rotations in three dimensional space. I find all of this so fascinating that I once wrote a slogan about it. It was: "Because one plus two equals three, diamonds are possible." Later, when I thought of numbers being defined starting with the "empty set" (the mathematical equivalent of "nothing") it seemed that, maybe, this should be: "All patterns of being can be heard in the echoing silences of our minds." So I guess finally, what you are really invited to partake of the mystery of mathematics; a mystery without an answer. Bill Reed 24 September, 1997

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- New Battles for Old Whine
- Insides
- My Father
- My Black Heart
- Face Time #3
- Skull Shatters (Third Version)
- Face Time #2
- Choices
- My Last Smile
- The Sound of One Pin Dropping
- Tiger's New Trick
- Big Brother
- Lizzie
- Face Time #1
- The Cacophony of a Quixotic Disputation
- Singular Armageddon

Just a little math trick I came up with.

Just a little math trick I came up with.

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- Six Words
- Lincoln
- A Field of Scribbles
- Glow
- SCRIBD TIP #2
- After the Murmur of the Children …
- A Man Summarizes His Life in One Sentence
- SCRIBD TIP #1
- Skull Shatters IV
- New Battles for Old Whine
- Insides
- My Father
- My Black Heart
- Face Time #3
- Skull Shatters (Third Version)
- Face Time #2
- Choices
- My Last Smile
- The Sound of One Pin Dropping
- Tiger's New Trick
- Big Brother
- Lizzie
- Face Time #1
- The Cacophony of a Quixotic Disputation
- Singular Armageddon
- Open Dialog About Story #7
- Cicada Summer & The Fall (Preliminary)
- Junkyard Dogs
- Conformity
- The Call of the Heart

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