Throwback Arithmetic The poem below was written by yours truly for the child of a friend back in 2006. I found a copy lying around in my hard drive. I left that office to work abroad later the same year, but the piece endured in my computer’s magical memory. The instruction for the kid’s Math project was to write a five-stanza poem on scientific notation, place value, arithmetic mean and order of operation. Herculean, but never impossible. Go me, I say!