After some thought, I came up with my blog name, Tangents and Hyperbole: Mathematics in My Right Mind. (A hat tip to Susan Harris, math professor extraordinaire and, to my great good fortune, my best pal and partner in crime. I can just hear the click of my kids’ eyeballs rolling around in their heads. “Mom. Partner in crime??”).
No, this blog won’t usually concern itself with maths, as my cousins across the pond might say. But I do have a tendency (oh, so slight!) to engage in hyperbole – exaggeration and embroidery – to make a story more intriguing. And I’m sure it’ll soon become apparent that my mind has a propensity for wandering, following tangents, without my say-so. The subconscious entity in charge of keeping this train on the track sometimes seems to be asleep at the switch, and my thoughts and words frequently don’t reach their intended destination, but I try to enjoy the side-trip.
Webster’s definition of Mathematics is, “…the group of sciences…dealing with quantities, magnitudes and forms, and their relationships, attributes, etc., by the use of numbers and symbols.” I’m sure that in my wanderings I’ll be dealing with science, relationships and attributes, and might even throw in some magnitude and symbolism, so I think that my blog title will fit right into the etymological Venn diagram that includes mathematics.