I would like to teach High School math when I retire, but we

I would like to teach High School math when I retire, but we will see. I went as far as to apply for and be accepted as a graduate student at Drexel University’s external degree program last year, but the cost is astronomical and I am well over sixty years old. This may not happen.
I still have the first recreational math book I bought in the early 1960's when I was in High School. My kids can’t understand why someone would enjoy reading math books in the evening and on vacation.
I have a special interest in Set Theory and the work of Cantor. I don’t recommend the study of set theory to anyone that is not unipolar manic, which I happen to be. Set theory takes you to some strange places and has lead more than just Cantor to insanity.
I have eight children. As I was helping them through High School and college math courses I realized that none of them has ever had a math teacher that expressed any joy for the subject they taught. This is a sad commentary, or maybe just a symptom of the concept that teachers have to teach-to-the-test. To teach math just because it has to be taught by someone, without any joy, mystery or fun is likely to result in a very boring semester.
Prime numbers have always been interesting to me, but now I enjoy it as a spectator sport. Early on I realized that there a lot of people much smarter than I that are crunching out extremely large primes. For the latest and largest Mersenne prime visit www.mersenne.org . I have kept a little verse that appeared on the Number Theory Listserver (this list is for folks that are in a completely different universe than the one I live in, if you are interested send the command “query nmbrthry” in the subject line to listserv@listserv.nodak.edu ) back in 2005 in my favorites:
“Bertrtand proposed it, and Chebyshev proved it true,There’s always a prime between n and n times 2.”
by: Ewmayer@aol.com
There are an infinite set of Prime Numbers, keep crunching, maybe you will find the next one.
So what is the difference between a Number Theorist and Mathematician you may ask. Basically a Mathematicians will work on a problems till it drives them mad, the Number Theorist will early on realize there is no solution and move on to the next problem. This can best be demonstrated algebraically:
Assume:
Let us assume that one Number Theorist is equivalent to one Mathematician
Let:
Number Theorist be represented by “x”
Mathematician be “y”
Then:
x = y
If this is true, as we assume, then we can multiply both sides by “y” because what you do to one side of an equation you have to do to the other.
xy = y(to the second power (y∧2))
For lack of something better to do why not subtract x∧2 from each side.
xy - x ∧2 = y ∧2 - x ∧2
Now this is too big, so just factor both sides.
x(y - x) = (y + x)(y - x)
Still too big so divide both sides by (y - x)
x = y + x
Conclusion:
This proves that one Number Theorist is equivalent to one Mathematician and at least one other Number Theorist. And if you believe this I have some Enron stock to sell you.
Unfortunately this has been the story of my life - multiplication by zero - bizarre answers to life’s easy questions.

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