I found this cool retro sci-fi book cover on Sadburro. I wish I could get my car loaded up with formulas like this.
This is the newest book on my must read list. It is a series of essays by Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant and synesthete, about his perception of mathematics as more closely woven to the phenomenal world. Check out the review from Brain Pickings.
I’ve been reading through a John Updike collection called Problems and Other Stories. I really enjoyed the collection as a whole, but I was thrilled to reach the title story and find out it is written in word problems. Above is an example. It reminds me of an ice breaking activity I did with an online class 2 semesters ago in which I had them write the word problems of their lives. I’m not sure why I stopped with it. We had a lot of fun with the idea.
Here is a blog to watch. Scientific American is running a guest blog on it’s site by Bob Gruman called mhpoetica. It explores the world of mathematical poetry. Yes, there is a “world”.
Are you like me, do you need more geometry in your poems? Check out the work of French poet Guillevic. His Geometries is definitely next on my night stand. Want to know what you’re getting into? The Perpetual Bird has a great post on Guillevic.
My daughter is a fan of the “If you give a x a y” childrens books. We checked out Time for School, Mouse! from the library, and I got to this page and was immediately curious. Some of the expressions seem well formed, like , others seem like nonsense, . Anyone recognize anything familiar in there? Could this be an instance of math-washing, using the veneer of mathmatical coolness for one’s own non-mathematical ends?
I’m always arguing with my students about the value of mathematics in the real world. However, it is almost as important for any liberal arts student to know how mathematics is commonly misused as to know how to use it. I caught the review of Proofiness in Scientific American and am eager to read it to see if I might be able to use it with one of my classes.