Wow, I like this more with each page I read! Not only has it become much easier to read for me by now (probably I‘m getting used to the vocab after a bit of a slow start), but it’s such a heartwarming story, with so much care and respect on all sides. Such a pleasure to read!
That’s my favourite Japanese word as well! Learned it from 鹿の王 and whenever I come across it again, I get transported back into that book‘s mood (which is totally different from Hakase but results in a very nice emotional mixture )
Ooh, I really liked this week’s part as well! I ended up reading about a page more before I realised that that last sentence before the break seemed familiar.
I really want to continue reading!
I loved our housekeeper’s non-reaction to/ acceptance of the professor’s unique habits and conduct out in the open. Their talk on the bench was lovely and then the professor’s interaction with that crying child - and the mother taking her away from a strange man - quite heartbreaking.
I don’t either. I read 30 minutes day starting on Saturday. I usually finish the reading around Wednesday, give or take a day (~2.5 hours of reading). I typically wait to post until I’ve finished the section, but I always forget all the things I wanted to say, so this week I thought I’d try chiming in early.
What a great read so far, indeed. It was really moving when the professor finally broke down toward the end of the section. 小川洋子’s character writing is really top notch.
The math solution that The Professor was trying to get Root to figure out is one I heard in a story involving Carl Friedrich Gauss, one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. If you study in the maths or sciences, you’ll no doubt encounter his name many times.
The story goes, when Gauss was in grade school his teacher, in order to occupy the students, asked them to add all the numbers from 1 to 100. To the teacher’s surprise, Gauss gave the answer in just a few seconds and pointed out that the solution was simple: Add the numbers in pairs.
1+100 = 101
2+99 = 101
3+98 = 101
50+51 = 101
So the solution is 50*101 = 5050. Clearly the same trick could be used, as The Professor suggested, to add the numbers from 1 to 1000, or 10000.