Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hergert Numbers at Independence Hall

On July 8th of 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read publicly for the first time in the courtyard outside Independence Hall. Today, I declared that possible inflection points shall be called Hergert numbers from this day forward in that same courtyard (shown above).

While I wore my shirt for about 8 hours of sightseeing today, I only got one bite from a guy working at the site of Benjamin Franklin's house. He asked, "What kind of numbers?" because my backpack/man purse was blocking part of the name. So, I gave him the short story of where the term comes from and how I was working to popularize it. He couldn't help much as far as getting into the standard Calculus vocabulary, but he was very supportive of the idea. He also told me if he were in charge, he would make policemen, military soldiers, and teachers the highest paid occupations. So, if a former tour guide dude from Philadelphia ever runs for President of the United States, make sure you get out and campaign for him.

And while you're at it, please wear your Hergert Numbers t-shirt and help spread the word!

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