The Ecphorizer

Elusive Bubbles
Phyllis M. Bourne

Issue #15 (November 1982)


Just as cynicism makes us say sometimes, many of the
things in our lives are nothing more than illusions
hanging in the air. How many times we dream of
possibilities which never came true. But that never
stops our dreams from shaping. We rationalize,      
synthesize, weigh all possibilities in our minds, but
still there is that child-like quality in our innerselves
which dismissing everything our intellect has learned,
yearns for those brilliant, elusive and mysterious
bubbles of illusion that seem to stay                                                                                                                                         
                                                            just                                
                                                                one
                                                                    inch
                                                                            away
                                                                                    from
                                                                                            our
                                                                                                reach.



Logic or imagination, experience or dreams,
reality or the wondrous world of make-believe,
a constant struggle between extremes. But
we'll always want to find the exact position
where standing on our feet we can let our
imagination fly to unknown worlds and
realities. 

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Le Coin d'Archimde 5
Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevski

Issue #15 (November 1982)

With this issue, Professor Lobachevski leaves on sabbatical. Because we have not asked readers to send in answers to his puzzles, we have no idea how many of our subscribers follow his column. If you would like to see it resumed on his return, just drop us a lime.

Last Month's Solution. The archaeologist marks storage locations (call them x and y) at 150 and 400 miles along the route from the starting point. He travels to x, using 30 gallons for the round trip and storing 45 gallons there. He repeats this, storing another 45 gallons at x. He now starts out with 75 more gallons, stopping at x to pick up 15 gallons from the 90 there and proceeding to y. At y he leaves 25 gallons and then returns to x to pick up the remaining 75 gallons. From x he proceeds the rest of the way across the desert, stopping at y to pick up the 25 gallons he left there. Total fuel consumed: 225 gallons. 

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Phyllis is a charming story-teller, is known for her fiery Latin American cooking, and is past Program Chair for SFRM.




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