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Philosophy and Fun of Algebra

by Mary Everest Boole

Chapter 9: "The Use of Sewing Cards"

• Year Published: 1909
• Language: English
• Country of Origin: England
• Source: Boole, M. E. (1909). Philosophy and Fun of Algebra.London, England:.
• Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.0
• Word Count: 605
• Genre: Informational
• Keywords: math history, mathematics

When you go for holidays perhaps your friends will ask you what is the use of sewing curves on cards. I should like you to know exactly what to say.

The use of the single sewing cards is to provide children in the kindergarten with the means of finding out the exact nature of the relation between one dimension and two.

There is another set of sewing cards which is made by laying two cards side by side on the table and pasting a tape over the crack between them. This tape forms a hinge. You can lay one card flat and stand the other edgeways upright, and lace patterns between them from one to the other.

The use of this part of the method is to provide girls in the higher forms with a means of learning the relation between two dimensions and three.

There is another set of models, the use of which is to provide people who have left school with a means of learning the relation between three dimensions and four.

The use of the books which are signed George Boole or Mary Everest Boole is to provide reasonable people, who have learned the logic of algebra conscien- tiously, with a means of teaching themselves the relations between n dimensions and n + 1 dimensions, whatever number n may be.

The above is a quite accurate account of the real Boole Method; as much as there is any need for you to know while you are at school.

I should feel grateful to you if you will each copy it out in a clear handwriting, and keep it by you, and take it home whenever you go away from school for the holidays. It would be all the better if you learned it by heart.