My math skills are exceedingly moderate. Though I have the “times table” etched in my brain from childhood drills, I still have to stop and think to get the answer. I always check my work with a calculator.
Yet, I enjoy the beauty and magic of mathematical concepts. The logic to solving a math problem and the lure of solving the (math) puzzle always hold an attraction for me.
Steven Strogatz is a professor of applied mathematics at Cornell University, and has just launched an entertaining blog on the NY Times website about math – from pre-school to grad school. The first entry is fun – I look forward to learning more about math from this perspective.
Now, if I could just get my kids to have the same feeling about their math homework…