Where's the ACS, AHA, and ALA when We Need Them?
In the mid1950s, R. Wesley edited the resource textbook Mathematics For All. It was a British text designed to provide "a popular approach to mathematics in everyday life."
It included this problem: Construct two lines at rightangles, a circle, two semicircles on the same line, a triangle with two sides produced, threequarters of a circle repeated once, and a circle. Place these seven figures in a row. The answer will soothe your nerves.
Seems a harmless problem, right?
Can you solve it?
What does the clue "soothe your nerves mean"?
As I could not make sense of the problem, its format, and clue..I stole a look at the solution:
TOBACCO!
Hopefully times have changed, and destructive situations like this no longer occur!
