The power of evil men
lives on the cowardice of the good. St John Bosco
Message from the
A very welcome to the
October/November/December 2016 edition of our Newsletter.
The year has passed quickly and the wonderful Feast of Our Lord’s
Nativity is a mere four weeks away.
On October 29th I had the privilege of meeting many members of
the Chesterton Society at their Conference at Campion College.
G.K. Chesterton had a wonderful mind, an incredible sense of
humour and a vibrant imagination that brought new life to
people’s hearts. He saw the world as it was meant to be seen and
was bemused that the wonder of the simplest of things was not
evident to all. A literary genius, who used words to paint
pictures of the beauty of God’s creation and our place in it, he
understood “the permanent importance of the truths and realities”
that shape humanity. Chesterton believed that these truths and
realities were “deadened and distorted by familiarity”. Any keen
observer will agree with this assertion. However, we face a
greater crisis now from the media and governments who are trying
to brainwash us into taking on a new set of values incompatible
with human nature. These new values seek to destroy the very
fabric of our hearts and minds, with the ultimate casualties
being the destruction of our families, our Faith and our culture.
Chesterton’s works are a reminder of what is good, beautiful and
It is fitting that October was the month of the Holy Rosary and
the 13th was the 99th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at
Fatima and that November is the month of the Holy Souls.
Throughout history, there are examples of Our Lady defeating the
enemies of Christendom when the Rosary has been prayed and
penances have been performed, one such instance is the Battle of
Lepanto, the subject of one of Chesterton’s epic poems.
We wish to extend a sincere thank you to all our readers for
their continued prayers, help and financial support that has been
forthcoming throughout 2016. Your generosity is greatly
appreciated. May the Infant Jesus bless you and your families and
friends this Christmas and we pray that Christ will shower His
Graces and Blessings on you in 2017.
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To be furnished by the marriage celebrant to the
parties on their giving notice of intended marriage, from the
Attorney General’s Department, Canberra 1978:
Marriage and family life have been basic to the
strength of our society for a long time.
The Parliament in the Family Law Act haw placed great
stress on their importance. Indeed, Section 43 of that Act requires
courts, when dealing with any legal proceedings under the Act, to
have regard to:
a.the need to preserve and
protect the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a
woman to the exclusion of all others voluntarily entered into for
b.the need to give the widest
possible protection and assistance to the family as the natural and
fundamental group unit of society, particularly while it is
responsible for the care and education of dependent children; [and]
c.the need to protect tire
rights of children and to promote their welfare.
“These provisions afford some guidance to couples
contemplating marriage as to the goals they might adopt for their
INEQUALITIES WORTH PRESERVING
Truth does not equal
Beauty does not equal
Good does not equal evil.
God does not equal the
Choosing those second alternatives makes for unhappy
living, isolation from others and social disintegration. The nobler
choices are the basis of science, philosophy, art and ethics. A
Religion that upholds natural morality and asserts the evil of
murder, adultery, theft and lying, might be harder to practise but
is more practical. Indeed, it underpins civilization and real
freedoms, and avoids the horrors of Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Polpot.
There is a piece of trickery in elementary algebra
that proves that two equals one. Actually, it is a fraud, a cheat,
even a lie. Similarly, by chopping a square into two triangles and
two quadrilaterals, and rearranging them, it is possible to deceive
the unwary that 64 = 65.
Similarly, it is neither helpful nor truthful to
ignore the different of male and female reproductive organs or the
wiring of their brains. Experience and modern science agree. It is
not bigotry to say so, nor is all discrimination evil.
Mistaken equalities are handy for rabble-rousing soap
Before today’s aggressive promotion of atheism and
amorality, marriage always involved male and female, even if
aberrations like concubines and harems were tolerated.
True equality is not getting just anything you want
but respecting differences. That’s fair!
CHRISTIAN VISION of MATRIMONY
Prayer For Marriage & Family
O MERCIFUL GOD,
grant Your graces to husbands and wives united in the
holy covenant of sacramental matrimony, so that in all life’s
difficulties, by giving and forgiving, they may grow in patient
kindness, as they co-operate with You, eternal Father, in forming
saints of each other and of their children for this world and for Heaven,
and bring Your light and love into many blind and loveless lives,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St Monica, pray for us;
St Stephen of Hungary, pray for us;
St Edward the Confessor, pray for us;
St Margaret of Scotland, pray for us;
St Louis of France, pray for us;
St Elizabeth of Portugal, pray for us;
St Thomas More, pray for us;
St Louis and St Zelie Martin, pray for us.
Good governments are responsible to the people. A
reasonable philosophy says governments get authority to govern from
God, via the people. Persons have authority from their Creator, Who
has endowed each with dignity, duties and destiny. This is what the
Bible means by “made in the image of God” as the ultimate source of
human rights and of duties to others. Such a philosophy is at least
a workable hypothesis as judged by Scientific Method.
An alternative hypothesis must seek another source of
authority. Where do people get authority to elect a government?
Where do voters get authority to replace it?
But who will guard us from the guardians? Not those
governments who think they can legislate anything they like, that
everything is “up for grabs”. Religion and morals, or even some
dwindling moral capital left over after abandonment, empowers
people to govern themselves and, incidentally, to avoid being
choked with endless rules.
The foundations on which democracy depends are beyond
the whims of governments. They includes the human rights and duties
which guard life, marriage, property and truth, by forbidding
murder, adultery, theft and lies. Not even democratic governments
can change such rights and duties, nor the biological facts of
unhealthy acts into healthy ones, or change wrong into right.
Governments exist to harmonize society, and this
includes enforcing such details as will continue to implement
rights, but never to abolish morals. Rights and duties are not just
anything we like, but are built into our nature as moral creatures
The surpassing status of the human person is the half-truth
in individualism. The half-truth in Marxism and its derivatives is
the authority of government. Both get humanity wrong when they deny
God. Common Sense
MARX ISSUEDhis Communist Manifesto in
1848. Yet even before this, earlier socialists were promoting
“free-love” to replace marriage.
For Marx and Engels, there would be no marriage and no
families. Children would be wards of the state. There would be no
alien influences like religion or Churches. There would be nothing
to shield isolated individuals from the state — and all in the name
of “equality” and “freedom”.
In the 1920s and 30s, the communist euphemism for
free-love was “companionate marriage”. Chesterton said: “This is a
relationship when two people who are not married will very soon
cease to be companions.” For over 150 years, Communism was
anti-marriage, anti-family and anti-religion. Nevertheless, it
opposed all homosexual activity.
But more recently, Freudian-Marxist intellectuals
support the current campaign to redefine marriage. They know,
though the public does not, that redefining marriage will soon make
it so meaningless it will cease to exist, and that has always been
Has our democracy elected politicians who are
gradually legislating our civilization out of existence? Are we
being trapped in a Nineteen Eighty Four scenario of totalitarian
domination by governments? Is total promiscuity the latest sop for
a Brave New World without religion and its morality, without
marriages and its families, and with children unplanned, unwanted
Yes, under the caption, “Counselling ‘harmful, not
good’,” The Weekly Telegraph (London, issue no.
is largely a waste of time and does more to boost the ego of the
counsellor than to help the victim, according to a leading trauma
Professor Yvonne McEwan said the booming profession
was at best useless and at worst highly destructive to victims
She accused professional counsellors of creating a
nation of victims in order to boost their flagging careers in the
medical profession. She said, “Counselling is ethically bankrupt
and is practised by over-zealous, ignorant people who are feeding
their own egos. The rights of the victims are being sacrificed to
keep counsellors in jobs.
What makes and creates mental illness is the very
system designed to help it. The legal profession and medicine have
colluded in the whole fabrication of people undergoing trauma.
“By medicalising what is a non-medical condition and
introducing a therapy subject matter that is vastly
under-researched, over-used and vastly abused, medicine is propping
up a lot of dwindling careers.
“They have produced a victim culture. This is a
Western condition invented in the West.”
The ex-Royal Navy commander who was rescued in his
upside down yacht in the Southern Ocean was offered disaster
counselling. His reply was a classic: “All I need is a few beers with
my mates in the pub!’
An Obituary in The Times ... How true!
Today we mourn the passing of a
beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many
years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth were
long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as
having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
Why the early bird gets the worm;
Life isn’t always fair;
And maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies
(don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies
(adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when
well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.
Reports of a six year old boy charged with sexual harassment for
kissing a classmate; teens suspended for using mouthwash after
lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only
worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked
teachers for doing the job they themselves had failed to do in
disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to
get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a
student; but could not inform parents when a student became
pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches
became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend
yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue
you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up his will to live, after a
woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She
spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge
Common Sense was preceded in death:
by his parents, Truth and Trust,
by his wife, Discretion,
by his daughter, Responsibility,
and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by five stepbrothers:
I Know My Rights
I Want it Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I’m A Victim
Pay me for Doing Nothing.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized
he was gone.
If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join
the majority and do nothing.
The Incarnate Son of God and
the Inspired Scriptures
THE Word of God has two closely connected
meanings — a handy ambiguity for Catholics enrolling in a
homeschooling program run by Protestants. Parents are asked to fill
in a questionnaire on their bona fides (good faith): “What
is the ultimate authority for the Christian faith?”
There are several possible answers. It is best to
avoid argument. Protestants expect “The Bible,” or “the
Scriptures.” But these, after all, depend on the more basic
authority of God’s revelation, especially by God-Incarnate. So a
truthful answer is, “The Word of God” and that will satisfy them:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God...
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among 11s, and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of
grace and truth.
The Protestant insistence that “the Bible and only the
Bible is the religion of Protestants” is (l) not in the Bible, and
indeed, contradicted by the Bible:-
...if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to
behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living
God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.
1 Timothy 3:15
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the
traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or
2 Thessalonians 2:15
and (2) Protestants depend on tradition to decide
which books should be included between the black covers. Originally,
each book was a separate scroll. Bound and printed Bibles only came
into being from 15th century printing, and for those in economic
circumstances to afford a purchase, and having had schooling in how
Moreover, through all the centuries of illiteracy,
Catholics heard the Bible at Mass, recited the Creeds summarizing
the Bible, and meditated scripturally on the Mysteries of the
Rosary which were often preached.
The Bible is entirely a Catholic book of universal
Christianity over two millennia now worldwide, written by
Catholics, including those who B.C. beheld from far off in the Old
A Protestant Sunday School chorus (a simple jingle) is
apt for Catholics (but omit the Protestant undertones):
The best book to read is the Bible,
The best book to read is the Bible,
If you read it every day, it will help you on your
The best book to read is the Bible.
(The accompanying actions were brandishing a Bible!)
Many converts are grateful for acquaintance with
Christ’s revelation acquired from Sunday school.
BEST BUY IN BIBLES?
Ignatius Catholic Study Edition New Testament (it does not have
the Old Testament) PB $39.95, HC $55.95, large print $64.95,
The Didache Bible (in Ignatius Bible Editions) HC $79.90, Leather
$119.90 and has both Old and New
Testaments but on much thinner paper.
·Both use Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic Edition with cross-references, textual
·Both have usual subheadings embedded in the text.
·Both are cross-referenced to the Catechism of the
Catholic Church, though not always the same.
·Hardcovers in both will lie open on a flat surface.
·Both have introductions to each book of the Bible, but
more detailed in Ignatius Catholic Study edition NT.
would benefit having both. They make the earlier
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* Both have excellent notes, and on the same page as
the text, with roughly equal detail — compare the number of pages,
518 with 455:
Didache OT & NT
text and notes
NT 518 pp. but no OT
NT 455 pp. (similar) plus OT 1255 pp.
thick and sturdy
thin, to fit in OT
print roughly 10 point
23X15X5 cm (9x 6x2"); print roughly 9 point
concordance 168 pp., word studies of Greek
subtleties, topical essays
glossary 44 pp; subjects & names 23 pp
parables, miracles, doctrines, charts, maps, topical
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apologetics by title and by subject, Bible subjects
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8 hi colour (at back);
20 B&W inserted in text
25 in colour, better detail, better legends.
Overall, both books are highly valuable and many would
benefit from having both. They make the earlier editions of the
For a detailed study of the NT, Ignatius Catholic
Study Edition NT might be the better choice, assuming one has
an OT in a separate Bible.
But for those without another Bible with comparable
notes, or who need a Bible all in one volume, or possibly for price
reasons, choose the Didache Bible, especially for
“He read his Bible a couple of times a year...”
“Grandad’s studying for his finals - Bible reading.”
“Quick! Dust off that Bible on top of the cupboard —
the parson’s coming in the gate.”
South Sea islander: “No, you can’t have a page out of
my Bible for a roll-your-own cigarette. If it weren’t for this
Bible, you’d be in my cooking pot.”
Bible Power & Church Teaching
with the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ
LUST and ADULTERY
You have heard that it was said, ‘Thou shalt not
commit adultery.’ But I say this to you that every one who looks at
a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his
But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife,
except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and
whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What
therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.
And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except
for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery.
See notes in Bible for “except for unchastity”.
TRUTH with KINDNESS
the Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well
...for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now
have is not your husband; this you said truly.
COMMUNION TILL SIN FORSAKEN
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup
of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the
body and blood of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 11:27
OF THE MAGISTERIUM
Indeed no one, not even the pope can destroy or change
Christ’s teaching. No one, not even the pope, can set pastoral
ministry in opposition to doctrine. That would be against Jesus
Christ and His teaching.
Cardinal Robert Sarah , God or Nothing, 2015,
While hundreds of Christians are living each day
filled with fear, some are trying to keep the divorced and
remarried from suffering: they would feel discriminated against
if they were excluded from sacramental Communion. Despite
their ongoing state of adultery, despite their state of life that
testifies to a refusal to abide by the Word that raises up those
who are sacramentally married to be the revelatory signs of
Christ’s Paschal Mystery, some theologians want to grant admission
to Eucharistic Communion to the divorced and remarried. ... the
denial of the indissolubility of sacramental marriage.
ibid. pp. 280,281
How far we have slipped! In 1936, King Edward VIII
(1894-1972) abdicated his throne and gave up his vocation as King
of England. He wanted to marry a divorcee. Such was the esteem in
which marriage was held by citizens, and upheld by the civil law,
divorce was not respectable and therefore not acceptable
for the monarch to many a divorced person. His mother, Queen Mary
(1867-1953) is reported to have been disappointed in her son’s
betrayal of his royal duties as she understood that men who had
risked their lives and their all in the Great War would not be able
to accept that Edward VIII, as their King, could not sacrifice his
love for the divorcee Mrs Simpson.
New Boys go Bush Again
The latest in the Bush Boys series is available for free download from the website: 512 pages
Plentifully illustrated (as yet without the coloured
cover of the forthcoming printed edition); 78 pages of detailed
appendices, including camping diagrams, clothing & equipment
lists, food lists, knots; tutoring bushcraft to one’s sons; fully
legal homeschooling/ tutoring; detailed glossary/index; summary of
earlier books; Who’s Who in this book.
God helps those who help others and themselves
— and how to be Kind and Firm
IN 1984, Andy Smith, a boy in seventh
grade, wrote this short letter to the USA President Ronald Reagan:
Today my mother declared my bedroom a disaster area. I
would like to request federal funds to hire a crew to clean up my
Just back from a six-day trip to China, the first
since Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit, Reagan replied:
I’m sorry to be so late in answering your letter but
as you know I’ve been in China and found your letter here on my
return. Your application for disaster relief has been duly noted but
I must point out one technical problem: the authority declaring the
disaster is supposed to make the request. In this case, your
mother. However, setting that aside, I’ll have to point out tire
larger problem of available funds. This has been a year of
disasters, 539 hurricanes as of May 4th and several more since,
numerous floods, forest fires, drought in Texas and a number of
earthquakes. What I’m getting at is that funds are dangerously low.
May I make a suggestion? This administration,
believing that government has done many things that could be done
better by volunteers at the local level, has sponsored a Private
Sector Initiative program, calling upon people to practise
voluntarism in the solving of a number of local problems.
Your situation appears to be a natural. I’m sure your
mother was fully justified hi proclaiming your room a disaster.
Therefore you are in an excellent position to launch another
volunteer program to go along with the more than 3000 already under
way in our nation — congratulations. Give my best regards to your
Sincerely, Ronald Reagan.
From The Australian, 11th February, 2015
SAID, “I HATE DIVORCE...”
Has not the one God made and sustained for us the
spirit of life? And what does he desire? Godly offspring. So take
heed to yourselves, and let none be faithless to the wife of his
youth. For I hate divorce, says the Lord the God of Israel, and
covering one’s garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So
take heed to yourselves and do not be faithless. Malachi 2:15-16
emotional state characterized by anxiety, depression and
restlessness. Gender dysphoria, once rare, is now being encouraged.
The GENDER IDEOLOGY of the SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION (SSC) is actually CHILD ABUSE
On 17th August, 2016, all such programs of Gender
Ideology were rejected by the President and Vice-President
of American College of Pediatricians, along with Professor of
Psychiatry at John Hopkins Medical School. They said:-
Human sexuality is an
objective biological trait.
No one is born with a
gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an
awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a
sociological and psychological concept; not an objective
A person’s belief that he
or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of
Puberty is not a disease
and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.
According to the Diagnostical
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American
Psychiatric Association) as many as 98% of gender confused
boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their
biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.
Children who use puberty
blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require
cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones
(testoserone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous
health risks including, but not limited to, high blood
pressure, blood clots, stroke, cancer.
Rates of suicide are
twenty times higher among adults who use cross-sex hormones
and undergo reassignment surgery.
into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical
impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is
PUBLICIZE THE FACTS !
SELF-DECEPTION or “having yourself on” is
typified by “companionate marriage” — cf. the 1930’s in Russia
under Joseph Stalin (1879-1953) and “temporary childless marriages
for university students” advocated by Bertrand Russell (1872-1970).
But... Companionate Marriage is a relationship where
two people who are not married will very soon cease to be
MEN who are thoroughly false and hollow seldom try to
hide these vices from themselves; and yet in the very act of
avowing them, they lay claim to the virtues they feign most to
despise. “For,” say they, “this is honesty, this is truth. All
mankind are like us, but they have not the candour to avow it.” The
more they affect to deny the existence of any sincerity in the
world, the more they would be thought to possess it in its boldest
shape; and this is an unconscious compliment to Truth on the part
of these philosophers, which will turn the laugh against them to
the day of Judgement.
Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, chapter 23
Uphill — in Life & Death
by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
DOES THE ROAD wind uphill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day? From
mom to night, my friend.
2.But is there for the night a resting place?
A roof for when the slow, dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide if from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.
3.Shall I meet other wayfarers
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you waiting at the door.
4.Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.
Priest, Healer of Wounded Souls
by activating his
as Prophet, Priest &
SOURCE of WOUNDS
HELPS in HEALING
1 spiritual genetics via sinful Adam front Satan
1. Baptism, with parental preparation and follow up.
2. spiritual environment from evil company of
2. Confession: “next best thing to innocence is
3. out of touch with the Saviour
3. Holy Communion, well-prepared and with
4. error — thinking falsehoods
4. Apologetics — the detailed defence of religious
5. culpable ignorance
5. Catechetics: Creed, Sacraments, Laws of love
& duty, Prayer.
6. poor nutrition — bad habits and imperfections
6. Mortification to conquer vice, weakness and
7. lack of spiritual exercise
7. Asceticism to grow in virtues.
Fantasy Tales and Tricksy Numbers
AESOP’S Fables teach much morality
wonderfully well. The fables use stories about rich and poor
people, about animals, birds and fish, to present us, even confront
us, and so quietly, without any power presentation of light or
sound, with the absurdity of vanity and selfishness, and urge us
towards true goodness and wisdom.
Fables, fiction and fantasy are close cousins, and
poetry with its imaged beauty is a second cousin. They achieve
their purpose without any goody-goody sickly syrup, without
preachiness or moralizing — even those adorned with a pithy moral
as a final paragraph. Mind speaks to mind and the listener or
reader can apply it to himself as he deems fit.
They can persuade us of the importance of keeping
promises and of observing prohibitions (Handouts n. 60).
Parables arc similar, only more so — especially Our
Lord’s greatest parables like the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal
Son, the Talents and the Judgement. At the most, they conclude with
“Go and do thou likewise” or even an implicit, “Wake up to
yourself!” Old Testament parables are mainly symbolic actions,
breaking pots and joining sticks, plus a few stories like Nathan
the Prophet confronting King David over murder and adultery, and
Jotham confronting Abimelcch’s revolutionaries and their treachery.
Check every Calculation
MY TEACHERS from primary school onwards
taught me to check every calculation I did — that was seventy long
years ago! Now in old age, it is palpably urgent, since I make so
Recently I’ve been indulging again in mathematical
gymnastics with 153, that puzzling number in the miraculous catch
of fish in John 21:11. St Jerome said it was the number of kinds of
fish then known, so a sign of Christ’s universal mission to all
peoples. Now 153 (see Handouts n. 114) is in that unique group
of the only four 3-digit numbers that equal the sum of the cubes of
their digits. These four numbers are 153, 370, 371 and 407. Thus: l3 + 53 + 33= 1 + 125 + 27 = 153.
Also 153 is the sum of the first 17 numbers —
1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11+12+13+14+15+16+17 = (1 + 17)/2 x 17 = 153.
Again, 153 is the sum of the first five factorials
(see “!” on a calculator): 1! +2! + 3! + 4! + 5! = 1 + 1x2 + 1x2x3
+ 1 x2x3x4 + 1x2x3x4x5 = 153.
However, it was only recently that a maths teacher
told me that any number, which is divisible by 3, if you cube each
of its digits separately, and add up the result, and repeat the
process over and over of cubing each digit separately and adding
them together, cuts out at 153, which is irreducible to anything
else. An easy number divisible by 3 is 3: now 33 = 27. Now take 27 : 23 + 73 = 8 + 343 = 351.
Now 351: 33 + 53 + l3= 27 + 125 + 1 =
153 Next, try it with a bigger number 84 and it
still ends up amazingly as 153. I don’t know why. It’s fascinating.
So 153 as a number is unique AND what is more, it’s in the Bible!
Numbersare not as silly as they sound.
We combine the idea of the square root of a number
with the idea of a negative number. These ideas separately match up
with the real world: the side of a square paddock and the depth
below the surface of water.
This prompts the idea of a square root of a negative.
But first, there are two roots of √+l: either plus one or minus one
(we write it as ± 1).
But can minus numbers have square roots? While √9 = 3
(or even -3), what does √-9 mean? i.e. what multiplied by itself
equals -9 ? The answer is not 3 but 3i where i = √-l which is
imaginary. So √-1 x √-l = (√-l)2 = i2 = -l. therefore i3 = -i ! Does this seem nonsense? It doesn’t
match up with anything our five senses perceive in the real world.
But nor does much of a fantasy story, yet for it we willingly
imagine splendours in the distant past, or weird doings in the
distant future in science fiction. So too with maths: imaginary
Imaginary numbers are exactly that: stretching our
imagination, extending our understanding of mental possibilities.
And they are powerful and practical in their applications from
A little mental exercise with a pencil: the cube roots
of -1: obviously, -l x –l x -1 = -1. Now try cubing (-1 + √3i)/2and then (-1 - √3i)/2.
Coming down to earth...
Many secondary pupils need a
concrete overture to mathematics, less abstract, with lots of
seeing, handling and measuring as in science experiments. This
makes mental digestion easier than do abstract diagrams drawn on
paper or white-boards.
Teach essential theory afterwards: then it’s built on
familiarity and much more palatable. The introductory hands-on
models in geometry help pupils get a grasp on the closely reasoned
theorems of Euclid — which theorems will be found most useful: e.g.
triangulating the frames of buildings so they won’t blow over, or
“slurp” when shoved!
Therefore I am currently making hand-on models with
wooden rods, wire, wood and cardboard, to teach congruent triangles
or introduce trigonometry. Pupils should be encouraged to make
their own cardboard or wooden triangles — things they can pick up,
turn over, measure, rotate, view from various directions.
I would like to hear from any home-tutoring or
school-teaching practitioners on these approaches. Phone or fax me
on 02 4829 0297, or write.
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