I hate, hate, hate maths.
Ever since I graduated from high school I have been free of any obligation to get near algebra, analysis, topology or geometry. And trust me, it has been a long time since my brain had to deal with any of the above. Now I can handle a profit & loss sheet, I can calculate a budget and forecast product supply. I can manage my 8-year old daughter's timetables but when it comes to helping my boy with secondary maths I am up to my neck in trouble.
Tonight he asked me to give him a hint on how to remember the number ∏. Mnemonics was the answer. In about 4 minutes, here's what I came up with to remember the number 3.14159265358979323846:
The poem of the 3 dwarfs:
They lived in a (1) wood
With 4 windows and 1 door
They got up at 5 and worked until 9, but had a 2 hour rest in between
They had breakfast at 6 and dinner at 5, but loved to have tea at 3
At night they counted 58 sheep to get to sleep
They dreamt of 979 sleeping beauties and 323 poisoned apples
They overslept until 8:46
And that’s the story of the 3 dwarfs!
Now, I thought this is pretty darn good and therefore decided to share it with you. I wish math were always this easy. Good night!!!