Finding a good question

I just met with my advisor, Sandor Kovacs. Meeting with him is great, and I walk out excited to get to work. No exception today, but my work feels particularly slippery at the moment. The reason is that I don’t yet have a good question. I’m narrowing in on it, but it keeps eluding me. There’s a truism in math …

Origami Article

Link: Origami Article “I realized origami was geometry without numbers. I fell in love.” —Rona Gurkewitz, from the article. I’ve seen some pretty exceptional origami in my life, from mathematicians. What’s inspiring about origami from a mathematical point of view is that it starts as a craft—the art of paper folding—and questions transform it into mathematics. I’ve been thinking about …

The Best and Worst Jobs in the U.S. – WSJ.com

Link: The Best and Worst Jobs in the U.S. – WSJ.com “It’s a lot more than just some boring subject that everybody has to take in school… It’s the science of problem-solving.” — Ms. Courter, a research mathematician in the article below. I’m not linking to this article to make lumberjacks feel bad. But this is a small part of …

The reason to do math is for love

This blog is my effort to change the way we talk and think about math. We all agree math is important; we debate furiously about the best curricula to use in schools. But sadly, the activity of mathematics—and the joy, beauty, and wonder it brings—is absent from almost all of our lives. I’m going to do my best to show …