By Alberto Manguel

Whereas touring in Calgary, Alberto Manguel used to be struck through how the unconventional he was once interpreting (Goethe's *Elective Affinities*) appeared to mirror the social chaos of the realm during which he used to be dwelling. an editorial within the day-by-day paper might all at once be illuminated by way of a passage within the novel; an extended mirrored image will be triggered by way of a unmarried notice. He made up our minds to maintain a checklist of those moments, rereading a ebook every month, and forming *A studying Diary*: a quantity of notes, reflections, impressions of go back and forth, of associates, of occasions private and non-private, all elicited via his studying. From *Don Quixote* (August) to *The Island of Dr. Moreau* (February) to *Kim* (April), Manguel leads us on a charming event in literature and lifestyles, and demonstrates how, for the passionate reader, one is totally inextricable from the opposite.

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EXERCISES A Try to identify the algebraic postulate that justifies each of the following “if-then” statements. 1. If a = b and m = n, then a + m = b + n. 2. If 5x(a −7) = n, then (a − 7)5x = n. 3. 5 + 5. 4. If a(x + y) = m, then ax + ay = m. 5. If 5(a − x) = 25, then a − x = 5. 6. Which of the postulates cited in Exercises 1-5 are reversible? State the reverse of each of the following definitions. 7. If the sides of two angles form two pairs of opposite rays, then the angles are vertical angles.

We denote the distance from A to B by AB. Postulate 1-2 The Ruler Postulate A correspondence between the real numbers and the points of a line can be made such that: 1. to each real number, there corresponds exactly one point of the line; 2. to each point of the line, there corresponds exactly one real number; 3. the distance between any two points is the absolute value of the difference of the coordinates of the points. In part 3, the requirement of absolute value means that we are not dealing with directed segments.

This is the motivation for a set without elements. Definition 1-7 A set that has no elements is the empty set or null set, Ø. Definition 1-8 Two non-empty sets whose intersection is the null set are disjoint sets. EXERCISES Refer to the diagram at right for Exercises 1-9. 1. What is the intersection of and ? 2. Find the union of and . 3. Find the intersection of and . 4. =? What is the intersection of the set of even whole 5. =? 6. Describe . 7. Find . 8. Describe . 9. Name 3 subsets of . 10. What is the intersection of the set of even whole numbers and the set of odd whole numbers?