Is there anything that shouts “mathematical beauty!” quite like fractals? Fractals are a core pillar of how mathematicians and educators sell math to the public. That makes sense — they really are beautiful in a way that is both visual and intellectually pleasing. In fact, just a few hours ago I showed this image to […]

# Monthly Archives: March 2019

## How much real-world complexity can we tolerate in math class?

I saw this, and I have a reaction: Topic that I ruminate on a lot came up in my class: There are ways to engage students in what I think can be fairly called math modelling in contained (1-3 hour) segments, i.e. @ddmeyer's 3 act math The same seems less true of science ed.; modeling […]

## Trying to write arbitrage puzzles

I’ve been trying to write little arbitrage puzzles. I’m hoping to make them accessible to kids. Here’s one I’m working on now. It might rain on April 15th. Then again, it might not. Your first friend agrees to make a bet. If it rains, you get $10. If it doesn’t, you have to pay your […]

## Is this OK?

Is it OK to abstract away all the history (and suicide) for the sake of a good puzzle? Forget for a second whether or not this particular video is ok. (I wouldn’t show it to my students; you never knows what someone is dealing with.) But doesn’t this say something about mathematical culture? What are […]

## Reading Chaim Grade’s “The Yeshiva”

This is a book that I first read when I was 18 and studying in yeshiva in Israel. But I didn’t really read it very well back then. This is for two reasons. First, I wasn’t sleeping well at all, and I read Grade’s novel only between the hours of 11 and 1. Second, I […]