My beloved scientific calculator gave up yesterday after 9 years of use. Well, I guess I knew that the end was close as half of the screen has been dead for the last six months, with 0's and 8's looking alike.
I went into Staples yesterday, to buy a new calculator. As I was looking at the scientific calculators with all of the logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions, it suddenly struck me - I did not need these functions anymore - Not now, nor likely in the future. Its been 3 years since I calculated the sine of anything ! All I did was addition, subtraction and multiplication (not even division !)
It made me feel a bit sad as all of the trig and algebra that I had loved is never ever likely to be used again ...