Week 6: 博士の愛した数式 - The Housekeeper and the Professor 🎓🧮

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Week 6


Start Date: Oct 24th
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Week Start Date End Phrase End Page End Percentage Page Count
Week 6 Oct 24th [End Chapter 3] 94 32% 15

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This week wasn‘t too interesting to be honest? We didn’t get much character development, apart from 家政婦さん getting a 閃き and probably getting hooked on maths.
Everyone who has ever heard the Gauß story before probably saw it coming miles away, although I was surprised that they didn’t use the visualization of
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
+ + + + + + + + + +
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
so you have 11 in each column, times 10 and then divide by 2. That‘s the version I always heard.

This week’s reading also felt really short. Looking forward to the next chapter :v:t3:


It was a bit slow for the first half, but I thought it was really exciting following the narrator’s journey in solving the math problem. One of the great things about math is that there are multiple solutions, and it was cool that they didn’t use either of the solutions that Myria and I had remembered. Using the average is quite brilliant, too. And I think 小川洋子 did a really great job at conveying that feeling of figuring out a solution. I took a math analysis course back in the day that started with the 10 or so unprovable postulates of math (there is a number 0 such that… there is a number 1 such that…), and then proceeded to derive the rest of math, more or less. We’d have maybe 2-4 problems a week, spend 30-40 or so hours on them, and turn in the assignment incomplete. But when we did manage to solve the problem, it was an amazing feeling.

Oh, and if that baseball ending isn’t foreshadowing, then I don’t know what is. Maybe I should just stop reading while we’re all feeling good.


Please keep in mind to post in the matching threads though :wink:

Week 6 runs up to the end of chapter 3, while your comment refers to the end of chapter 4 (i.e. week 8).

(And in week 6 they did not use a visualization for the formula…)


Oops, sorry. I have withdrawn my post in this thread and copied it into the week 8 thread.