Ron GrahamOctober is the month in which the mathematician Ron Graham (October 31, 1935) was born. He expanded many fields of mathematics including scheduling theory and computational geometry. He lived in Watchung while he was Chief Scientist at Bell Labs. He was a skilled trampolinist and a past president of the International Jugglers Association. He is cited in the Guinness Book of World Records as deriving the "highest number ever used in a mathematical proof." The number is so big that someone calculated if you memorized it, your brain would collapse into a black hole due to the density of the neurons that would have to be packed into your head.
PlatoTradition has it that the saying "Let no one ignorant of geometry enter here" was inscribed above the door of Plato's Academy, the school he founded in Athens in 387 BC.
An article in DISCOVER magazine claimed "The average pencil holds enough graphite to draw a line about 35 miles long or to write roughly 45,000 words. History does not record anyone testing this statistic." Well, someone actually tested that claim and was able to copy the entire novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" word-for-word (over 100,000 words) with one pencil. Read the blog with details of the effort.
"The only person who never makes a mistake
is the person who never does anything."
-Theodore Roosevelt

World Language students, try reading this site in Spanish or French.