I’ve had a lot of web pages opened and saved on my computer for a few weeks I’ve wanted to share with people but just haven’t gotten around to it, but I want to try and use these next few days to share. I hope you can keep up!
First, two weeks ago I stumbled upon the creation of a weekly featured blog entry in the NY Times related to Mathematics! I was so excited to see it and read it and share it (so now I’m doing part 3).
There have been 3 posts so far, with 15 total planned, and while the idea was exciting first — with the declared goal “to give you a better feeling for what math is all about and why it’s so enthralling to those who get it.” — I’ve felt a little underwhelmed with the results thus far. While the topics thus far have been somewhat interesting for me, I don’t know if they’ve done a good job sparking a “better feeling” for math itself for those so inclined. However, I also am probably not the best judge of that.
So, three weeks in, my excitement and joy of sharing this with you is a little muted, but maybe I’m selling it short, too. I do enjoy work by the author, Steven Strogatz (also often featured on a favorite radio program of mine, RadioLab), so there’s no telling where it can go and I continue to keep reading.
Whether you’re a math person or not, check out the first three entries (links below) and see what you think. Maybe I’m totally off and they’re much more accessible and enjoyable to non-math people than I realize — or maybe not. Either way, at least now you know about it and can decide for yourself!
From Fish to Infinity (about the idea of counting and why numbers exist — includes a Sesame Street video clip!)
Rock Groups (dealing with adding and patterns)
The Enemy of My Enemy (a bit on subtraction and the idea of negative numbers)