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Don’t just read it; fight it!
Don’t just read it; fight it! Ask your own questions, look for your own examples, discover your own proofs. – Paul Halmos
Teaching with the Socratic Method
Link: Teaching with the Socratic Method A professor of mine once said, speaking about his education, “If they had actually taught us anything, we’d all be geniuses!” And indeed, when I talk to people who hate/fear math, a bad [...]
Link: Hilbert’s Hotel I love this Waylay comic about Hilbert’s Hotel. She does a beautiful job of explaining the paradox succinctly, and of tapping into the sense of human (nonmathematician) frustration with the whole deal at the same [...]
Sketch of my math dance piece
It’s called “What I was working on today.” I come out and aggressively challenge the audience: “I’m Dan, and I’m a math student PhD, and tonight one of you is going to come up here and solve a math problem, because you’re not [...]
A math op-ed, circa 1996
Link: A math op-ed, circa 1996 By Suzanne Sutton. Here’s a quote: It is among the greatest ironies of education that a subject so graceful and elegant, so able to inspire and bolster confidence, and so useful for living a joyous and [...]
Another meeting with my advisor
First of all, the math dance piece went quite well (at least, I had some positive feedback). In part of it I ask for questions from the audience, and I’m not sure I answered them all as well as I could have, but I was able to spiral [...]
Math Dance Tonight
I’ll be premiering my math dance piece tonight when my dance group, Stimulate Dance performs. Very exciting. I also get to do my sibling piece, which I know will be okay—it’s a very likeable piece. The math piece feels like it’s a [...]
This is actually a fractal picture! There’s a gallery of them here. Gorgeous.
Where does Pac-Man live?
Here’s a question I’ve always liked: what kind of world does Pac-Man on? We know we live on a sphere, or course, or something close to it. But we often imagine our world on [...]
The other day a friend related a math nightmare. She was in a prison-like compound. People guarded the exits, and they wouldn’t let her out until she solved a calculus problem. She couldn’t ever do it, and her teeth started to fall [...]
Link: Mathematical Flimflam One thing that’s always struck me is how mathematics has been interpreted by so many people in so many contexts as a direct conduit to God’s thoughts. This link is a modern manifestation of that—but sadly [...]