Modular Arithmetic

by Richard Brookhiser

“Modular arithmetic **is** boring, until you get to quadratic reciprocity.”

Roger that, John. I was saying the very thing to Nathan.

“Goulding [I said] the autumn clouds match my mood. The conventionality of today’s criiminals…the boredom of modular arithmetic, until you get to quadratic reciprocity…”

I listened with some unease [thought Nathan], knowing that at these times my friend Brookhiser was led to the solace of cocaine…

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