__Sixteen Stones & Mr.Gunn__During our first days with Kyle in programming class, we read two essays. The Abominable Mr. Gunn by Robert Graves (right) and Sixteen Stones by Samuel Becket (left). Below are my commentaries on both pieces.

**Sixteen Stones**

A man struggles with the management of sixteen pebbles inside his pockets. The struggle comes with wanting to transfer the pebbles from one pocket to the other without damaging the process, for some reason he enjoys sucking these pebbles. I will not delve into the whole issue of the pebbles; instead I will speak about what I learned from this dilemma.

We read the essay with Kyle, during programming sessions, and it helped introduced mathematics in a way. We spoke on possible solutions to the problem, and then dived into the nature of programming and such. Now, I have a completely different perspective in mathematics, and this was the first step into that new perspective. I am aware I still have a long way to go, and a lot of knowledge that I need to acquire, but still, it was a beautiful introduction and very inspiring despite the oddity of this particular essay.

**The Abominable Mr. Gunn**

Another essay we read with Kyle, was the abominable Mr. Gunn. It spoke about a student in a classroom, more specifically a mathematics class. It is with this essay that we started inquiring about famous mathematicians, and historical figures that made major contributions to the mathematical field of study. We spoke of Gauss and his experience as a child, at least so the story goes, that he managed to solve a problem that may seem complex, but is very simple. The problem is: multiply every number between 1 and 1000, so logically you would multiply 1 x 2 then that result x3 then x4, and so on until reaching 1000.

We all tried to figure out the problem, and only Diego Rivera came closest to the solution. I invite whoever is reading this to try to solve it themselves, not needing to go one by one number, but for instance Gauss had the solution in only a minute. The way he got to that solution is very relevant to the basis of programming, and hence the reason we discussed Gauss and read this essay.