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Change Does Happen!

As a mathematics teacher for more than 35 years, I often worry about the slow pace of positive change.

Today, I happened to come this interesting reprint from Mathematical World News, May 1939 issue: The W.P.A. of New York City has as one of its projects the computation of certain mathematical tables, such as a table of exponential functions to fifteen decimal places and a table of the first ten powers of the integers from 1 to 1000....This is one part of a general project directed by Dr. Lyman Briggs, of the National Bureau of Standards.

So, as I clasp my graphics calculator in my right hand, I relax as one "act of the depression" moves me out of another "act of depression."