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During the process, Christopher discovers that his father had been lying to him—his mother wasn’t dead; she is still alive. His father apologizes for lying, and also admits that he was the one who killed Mrs. Shears' dog. Christopher thinks it's best to move to London and live with his mother. But he's never gone anywhere by himself before, and has difficulty being in busy places and/or around large groups of people. The journey is a big challenge for him. This journey is also his first time to visit the adult world: he meets adult jealousy, love, and other feelings; although some of them may be hard for Christopher to understand, he tries to understand them and explain his mind in his own way-- Logic Puzzles, Math Problems, and Maps. Finally, he arrives at his mother's apartment in London and lives with her. But Christopher is afraid of Mr. Shears, and is quite eager to go back home to take The A-level Test in Math that will help him get into university.
After about a week, he and his mom go back home, and Christopher takes the exam. Meanwhile, his father tries very hard to earn back his trust. He gets the best exam results. Having successfully traveled to London on his own, and solved the mystery of who killed the dog, he's sure he can do anything, gets the hope of life. "The rule for working out prime numbers is really simple, but no one has ever worked out a simple formula for telling you whether a very big number is a prime number or what the next one will be. If a number is really, really big, it can take a computer years to work out whether it is a prime number.
Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them. (pg.12) He was asking too many questions and he was asking them too quickly. They were stacking up in my head like loaves in the factory where Uncle Terry works. The factory is a bakery and he operates the slicing machines. And sometimes a slicer is not working fast enough but the bread keeps coming and there is a blockage. I sometimes think of my mind as a machine, but not always as a bread-slicing machine. It makes it easier to explain to other people what is going on inside it. (pg.7)
And sometimes when I am in a new place and there are lots of people there it is like a computer crashing and I have to close my eyes and put my hands over my ears and groan, which is like pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL and shutting down programs and turning the computer off and rebooting so that I can remember what I am doing and where I am meant to be going.
And that is why I am good at chess and maths and logic, because most people are almost blind and they don't see most things and there is lots of spare capacity in their heads and it is filled with things which aren't connected and are silly, like, "I'm worried that I might have left the gas cooker on."(pg.143-pg.144) symbolize
organize his thinking and understanding
use Monty Hall problem to explain
primary means of achieving a sense of security. Mr. Jeavons said that I liked maths because it was safe. He said I liked maths because it meant solving problems, and these problems were difficult and interesting but there was always a straightforward answer at the end. And what he meant was that maths wasn't like life because in life there are no straightforward answers at the end. I know he meant this because this is what he said.
This is because Mr. Jeavons doesn't understand numbers.
Here is a famous story called The Monty Hall Problem which I have included in this book because it illustrates what I mean.
Marilyn vos Savant said that you should always change and pick the final door because the chances are 2 in 3 that there will be a car behind that door.
But if you use your intuition you think that chance is 50-50 because you think there is an equal chance that the car is behind any door.
Lots of people wrote to the magazine to say that Marilyn vos Savant was wrong, even when she explained very carefully why she was right. Of the letters she got about the problem, 92% said that she was wrong and lots of these were from mathematicians and scientists. Here are some of the things that they said
There is enough mathematical illiteracy in this country, and we don't need the world's highest IQ propagating more. Shame!
I am sure you will receive many letters from high school and college students. Perhaps you should keep a few addresses for help with future columns.
If all those Ph.D.'s were wrong, the country would be in very serious trouble.
But Marilyn vos Savant was right. And here are 2 ways you can show this. The second way you can work it out is by making a picture of all the possible outcomes like this
So if you change, 2 times out of 3 you get a car. And if you stick, you only get a car 1 time out of 3.
And this shows that intuition can sometimes get things wrong. And intuition is what people use in life to make decisions. But logic can help you work out the right answer.
It also shows that Mr. Jeavons was wrong and numbers are sometimes very complicated and not very straightforward at all. And that is why I like The Monty Hall Problem. Represents a way for him to validate himself and feel proud of himself.
Christopher isn’t upset with his disability
Causing him to feel hopeful for his future.
The A-level math test gives him the opportunity. And then I will get a First Class Honors degree and I will become a scientist. And I know I can do this because I went to London on my own, and because I solved the mystery of Who Killed Wellington? and I found my mother and I was brave and I wrote a book and that means I can do anything.(p.221) The narrator and main character mathematically likes and dislikes comfortable with logic and order first-person tells us his investigation falsely accused of murder leads and search the adult world. During the investigation After this investigation But in life you have to take lots of decisions and if you don't take decisions you would never do anything because you would spend all your time choosing between things you could do. So it is good to have a reason why you hate some things and you like others. It is like being in a restaurant like when Father takes me out to a Berni Inn sometimes and you look at the menu and you have to choose what you are going to have. But you don't know if you are going to like something because you haven't tasted it yet, so you have favorite foods and you choose these, and you have foods you don't like and you don't choose these, and then it is simple.(pg.85) https://www.projectrhea.org/rhea/index.php/Games_and_mathematics_MA375S12Walther