Disruption! I am an academic, and as you would expect, I love to read. I mainly read papers in academic journals and advanced texts in mathematics. I can’t remember the last time I was in a physical library. Actually, I walk through the library as a short cut across Ryerson University campus. However, I do heavily use the… Read More Publishing is dead, long live publishing
The Math Myth Andrew Hacker, a political scientist and professor emeritus, says in his book The Math Myth that we shouldn’t teach algebra in the high school mathematics courses. One reason for this is that high school drop outs cite their difficulty with mathematics as a major reason for their decision to leave. Hacker says mathematics is a ten foot… Read More Why teach algebra in high school?
Some basic questions What is the use of mathematics, and why study it in the first place? The usual responses to these questions are that: Mathematics has wide ranging applications in the sciences and in engineering. Mathematics teaches you to think logically. I am not sure, however, these responses go far enough. My own view is that… Read More Why higher mathematics?
“I hated math in high school” When I meet new people at a party and mention that I am a mathematician, I sometimes hear back “I hated math in high school,” or “I always hated mathematics.” To be honest, I didn’t much like it in high school either. The mathematics I did then like factoring polynomials or… Read More Don’t be shy, ask a mathematician
The Pied Piper of Mathematics Paul Erdős was someone I would have loved to meet. Besides being one of the greatest mathematicians in recent times, he was a beloved character. People close to him called him Uncle Paul. He passed away in 1996 when I was just beginning my thesis work as a doctoral student.… Read More My Brain is Open: Erdős and Creativity