But then there was some news from Rome, and now it seems silly to write about math when I could be describing a small man on a high balcony asking people to pray for him. A man who didn't take the papal motorcade back to his residence last night but hopped on the bus instead.
I looked at the crowd of faithful in St. Peter's Square yesterday and thought about what a global phenomenon the papal selection process has become. The puffs of smoke. Habemus papam. The red shoes from Gucci. Everyone in my office crowded around a small TV.
The first pope named Francis. The first pope from the Western Hemisphere. First Jesuit, too. Conservative and progressive. New World and Old.
The looks on people's faces as they heard the news. There was excitement, of course, and something else. I think it was hope.