# About

This post is not about me but about this blog. The reason I started this personal blog is in the title which I have based on a story from the life of Euclid of Alexandria. A Greek by origin, he is best known as the author of one of the greatest mathematical textbooks in history, *The Elements*. The story goes that during one of his lectures the following happened:

*A youth who had begun to read geometry with Euclid, when he had learnt the first proposition, inquired, “What do I get by learning these things?” So Euclid called a slave and said “Give him threepence, since he must make a gain out of what he learns.”* - Stobaeus, *Extracts*

Although I understand Euclid’s argument I sympathise with the unknown youth more. To pursue science simply to advance scientific knowledge has its place but so does the scientific pursuit that directly benefits us. I am the unknown man in Euclid’s story and with this blog I aim to find the gain from knowledge in any shape or form.

So why is the blog not called *Man with the threepence*? Because I remembered the story wrong, thinking that Euclid ordered to give the man a broom (this is where you shake your head). Either way, hope you enjoy reading **Man with the Broom**.