War Letters: Eleanor, My Darling--a Memoir of WWII

War Letters: Eleanor, My Darling--a Memoir of WWII

by Edward V. Graef

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BN ID: 2940013589858
Publisher: Marsha Bauer
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Edward Graef was born in New York City. He was a gifted mathematician though he had no formal training in math. He had a M.A. in Social Administration from Ohio State University and a B.S. in History and Education from City College of New York. By the time he retired, he was Executive Director of the Health Research and Services Foundation in Pittsburgh (part of the United Fund (United Way)), and was responsible for creating the Health-O-Rama, which provided free health screening.

During WWII, Edward was a Captain in the Army infantry, and served in New Guinea, Netherland East Indies, and the Philippines. He first demonstrated his mathematical abilities while in the service. He devised a method of firing mortar when the sight is lost or broken, and received a Bronze Star and a Legion of Merit citation for the effort.

While in the service, Edward married Eleanor Marshall, an American Red Cross volunteer and the daughter of a former mayor of Columbus, Ohio. Eleanor graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in Liberal Arts (Honorary Mortar Board) and a B.S. in English & Pre-School Education, and was a Social Worker and Head Start teacher. They had four children: Ed, John, Howard, and Marsha.

It was while helping his children with geometry homework that Edward's interest in mathematics increased. By 1963, he had invented a family of curves--not constructible with compass and straightedge alone--that solved all three of the Three Ancient Problems (trisecting the angle, squaring the circle, and duplicating the cube). Entitled "Solving the three Ancient Problems using the Graef Curves" this information is available as an eBook. His solution has been verified by top mathematicians, and published in prestigious math publications.

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