I am pleased and proud to note that the previous posting in this space (A mathematical fable previsited) is doing double duty as a column for MAA Online, the Web presence of the Mathematical Association of America.

Just so I can’t be accused of favoritism, I’ll also mention the American Mathematical Society, where Tony Phillips’s Math in the Media column discusses another item of mine.

“Just so I canâ€™t be accused of favoritism…”

SIAM, the Cinderella of math societies, picks through the ashes while her stepsisters attend the ball….

Oh, you’re breaking my heart. But, try as I might, I just can’t see myself as Prince Charming.

Prince Brian,

You must have a very sophisticated readership (except for Barry, of course) to be able to guess the next term in a sequence derived by subtracting adjacent perfect squares.

Mike,

The system is actually designed to gauge the sophistication of the aspiring commenter, and it presents a challenge appropriate to his or her abilities. You, of course, were recognized as top-caliber and given one of the toughest challenges available. Congratulations!

The spam filter gauged my level well too. It gave me 1,3,5,7,9,11,…? I hope I gave the right answer!