Posts Tagged ‘math’

John Glenn

“The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.”

— John Glenn


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Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.


“First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”

— John F. Kennedy

May 25, 1961


The other day, the girl mentions in passing that there is a company in England selling land on Mars, and did I want to buy some.

“They’re selling it really cheap, like, for $29 an acre,” my little real estate developer she continued. “That’s really cheap, right?”

Yes, I told her, but added that unfortunately, our space exploration program has stalled and I doubted that man would get to Mars in my lifetime.

She countered that since we got to the moon in less than 10 years, we could be on Mars about the time she was a junior in college. I told her if she promised to study math and science, I mean really study it, I might buy an acre or two on Mars. And maybe some for her and her brother, too.

So yesterday, when she got home from school, she called to tell me that next year, when she goes to middle school, she’s already been accepted into advanced 6th-grade math and science.

Anyone interested in buying some plots on Mars with me? We could be neighbors…


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My brain is not wired for math. I’m a word guy, and nothing anyone has tried—including the intimidating Mr. Sullenberger—could pound anything more than simple arithmetic into his dense melon of mine.

I regret this unavoidable fact every time I think about science, as I would have loved to have grown up and become a physicist or chemist or anything, really, that works in the scientific world. I envy those who are.

How cool, I think, it would have been to work for NASA, to be involved in the exploration of space:


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Calvin Trillin

“I never did very well in math—I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.”

— Calvin Trillin

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