The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. ~ S. GudderIndeed mathematics is a domain where brains get rankled and minds seem to lose their grips on reality. Yet in this seemingly mad world, simplicity metamorphoses from complexity; normality evolves from irrationality, and order blossoms from chaos. If you doubt these propositions, then observe the bizarre symmetry in the following numerical calculations, and then see whether you are still skeptical that God does in fact indwell numbers and mathematics.Observe the following symmetries and enjoy!1 x 8 + 1 = 9

12 x 8 + 2 = 98

123 x 8 + 3 = 987

1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876

12345 x 8 + 5 = 987 65

123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654

1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543

12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432

123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321And now with the number 9:1 x 9 + 2 = 11

12 x 9 + 3 = 111

123 x 9 + 4 = 1111

1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111

12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111

123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111

1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111

12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111

123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111But the number 9 has even more magic to it. To wit:9 x 9 + 7 = 88

98 x 9 + 6 = 888

987 x 9 + 5 = 8888

9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888

98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888

987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888

9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888

98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888The number 1 is one of the five most important numbers in mathematics. Not only is 1 the multiplicative identity, the number 1 dazzles us with some amazing multiplicative properties as seen in these repunits (a repunit is a number composed of all 1’s):1 x 1 = 1

11 x 11 = 121

111 x 111 = 12321

1111 x 1111 = 1234321

11111 x 11111 = 123454321

111111 x 111111 = 12345654321

1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321

11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321

111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321After witnessing this array of number wizardry, it is hard to imagine that a supreme deity could not be supervising such magic. Maybe if teachers implemented a little symmetric razzmatazz like this to start a class, students might perk up and listen for a change. Then true learning would have a shot at beginning and all kinds of positive results could be achieved. After all, when God is in charge, everything else goes smoothly. Try it out and have fun.