Thank you very much for your issue of Nov. 7. The story about James Tao, an outstanding math student/genius at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, gives us much hope for the future of America. Quoting James' professor at UI/Chicago, "I expect him to develop into a leading scientist at the end of his undergraduate and graduate studies." As a mathematics major (B.A. in 1953), the beauty of math has always been evident to me, although not to the extent to which James views it.
The name of a student of mine at Arlington High School (circa 1957) caught my eye, too, after the tragic house fire of Nov. 5 It seems my former student, who has a tax and accounting firm, has been handling financial matters for the unfortunate homeowner/fire victim. It reassured me about all those A's he received in algebra.
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Burt Constable's story about Lou Bolchazy and his wife beginning a publishing company themselves, in addition to their teaching duties, is truly inspirational. Eccentric may be most appropriate word for Professor Bolchazy! The revival of Latin classes and the translations of Dr. Seuss' famous books, along with "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein, are gifts to academia by two very gifted educators.
Patricia D. Herrmann