the illogic of math

This is perhaps the best thing I’ve ever read:

“Six months after I started to write Wrinkle, I discovered higher math. And for me, higher math is much easier than lower math. Lower math lost me in 4th grade when I was taught that 0 x 3 equals 0. Now, I understand that if I have nothing and I multiply it by 0, 3 something’s are not going to appear. But, if I have 3 apples and I multiply them by 0, why are they going to vanish? So I wiped out lower math as philosophically untenable.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

My entire elementary math career makes sense now. Brilliant.

Madeleine L’Engle: 1919 – 2007

Although L’Engle was often labeled a children’s author, she disliked that classification….she did not write down to children. “When you underestimate your audience, you’re cutting yourself off from your best work.”

I have no words for her who gave the world so many. To bring joy to the people you know is easy, but to touch a stranger? There is so much I won’t ever forget.