Scrubbing Beethoven

In Jan Swafford’s new biography of Beethoven he tells us of the composer’s mathematical limitations. While Ludwig could add and subtract, he never learned to multiply or divide. Thus, for example, when required to compute 50 times 62, Beethoven would laboriously add 62 iterations of the number 50 to achieve his answer.

Were Beethoven attending public schools as envisaged by Bill and Melinda Gates, he would have been labeled a failure, or worse. Since the Microsoft co-founder leaves no room for the arts, poor Beethoven would likely be scrubbing floors, if he could find the work.

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