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To a great many people the formula πr2, is a despised thing. An average person would never use it. Yet when some [people] go to the grocery store they think those cans of food twice as wide as high just contain twice as much like the ones twice as high as wide. Every tall can in a grocery store is a monument to the [people] who "do not need to know algebra."

W.W. Renkin
Applications of Mathematics, 1940