# The Ecphorizer

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Poor Richard's Almanac XVII |

R(ichard Bradner Mead |

#### Issue #14 (October 1982)

This chapter presents another mathematics problem in rhyme from my great-grandfather's work book:I placed a bowl into the storm,

To catch the drops of rain --

A half a globe was just its form,

Two feet across the same;

The storm was o'er, the tempest past,

I to the bowl repaired --

Six inches deep the water stood,

It being measured fair;

Suppose a cylinder, whose base

Two feet across within,

Had stood exactly in that place,

What would the depth have been?

To catch the drops of rain --

A half a globe was just its form,

Two feet across the same;

The storm was o'er, the tempest past,

I to the bowl repaired --

Six inches deep the water stood,

It being measured fair;

Suppose a cylinder, whose base

Two feet across within,

Had stood exactly in that place,

What would the depth have been?

I have not attempted to analyze the solution, as I am not up on computing the cubic contents of globes. (I do remember that the area of a circle is πr

^{2}, so I could figure the cubic content of a cylinder. I see that he has taken the diameter squared times 1/4 of π, which produces the same result for the area of the cylinder.) His answer is 2.5 inches, which I am confident is correct.

### Contributor Profile

## Brad Mead

BRAD MEAD, whose chapters of "Poor Richard's Almanac" brightened many of our early issues, lives in a San Francisco Victorian house with a large collection of porcelain owls.