Here is how Younger Daughter answered the first question in
(a mathematical concept for which you are grateful). First she quoted a song by John McCutcheon, and then added her
We are thankful for the food,
Thankful for the company,
Thankful for the things that we do
Thankful for the friends, thankful
for the family,
Glad to be together on Thanksgiving
May the way that we treat others
Be the measure of our worth.
May our memory be a blessing
On the future of this Earth.
We are thankful for songs and
Which are a bit like mathematical
We are thankful for time,
which constantly keeps us moving
We are thankful for molecules,
Such rigid structures and constant
So, if I’m thankful for these,
Then I have to be thankful for the
homework I do with my brother.
Thankful for 5*, which Dad will
Thankful for calculus and its uses
And hopeful that the turkey is
done on time.
For the record, here are some of the Common Household
extended family’s answers to the survey.
Not all of us are scientists, but clearly science is influential in our
I have to note that pi(e)-related
answers were a good chunk of the responses. That is as it should be.
1. Name a
mathematical concept for which you are grateful, and explain why.
- The distance between the real numbers 1 and 2 is infinity.
I'm grateful for this because I never run out of irrational sheep to count when
I'm trying to sleep.
- Ratios: an important concept so that everyone can get a
piece of the pie.
- Fractals, because they add beauty to the world.
- The difference between things that are discrete and things
that are continuous.
The discrete nature
of matter is very important in understanding the basic idea of chemistry.
You have to start with the knowledge that
atoms are discrete particles.
believe when you are observing a soup that, on the macro level, is quite
- Area of a circle – Pi R Square, to help me know how big
the pumpkin pie is (Actually pie are round not square)
I am grateful for
the Pythagorean theorem so I can say "I don't know how to do taxes or what
a 401k is, but thank GOD I know the Pythagorean theorem!!!"
- The combinatorial formula (for calculating the likelihood
of something happening given a certain condition) – because it tells me that
there is order to the universe.
- The most basic math concept- Numbers, because things need
to happen in order: First the turkey, second the pies, third nap.
- The Fibonacci sequence, because it appears in nature.
2. Name a number that
will be useful to you on Thanksgiving Day.
I hope there
will be lots of pies, each of which can be divided into six parts.
6, because I
anticipate that will be the number of pies available.
50 sprouts: the minimum
number of Brussels sprouts required to satisfy our Thanksgiving guests.
- 348 kelvins. That's the temperature you should cook
poultry to in order to kill the salmonella.
3. What time do you expect your Thanksgiving
dinner to begin?
- 4 times (LOL)
- I expect it to
begin when the fat lady sings.
- Whenever the turkey
* Whenever the Common Household Dad doesn't know an answer to a question, he says the answer is 5.