Tag Archives: mathematics

The making of a mile of PI

Let us teach guessing! With George Polya

Look at this beautiful video almost 50 years old. Thinking and learning in mathematics!

Mathematics makes the invisible visible

What is creativity in maths?

This is a bit of a longer article I found in + Plus Magazine:

Where were your most creative experiences at school? In art class? In music? English? In your maths lesson? That last one might not be the obvious choice for many of us, unless you were lucky enough to have a really inspiring maths teacher. But that is exactly the type of opportunity we are hoping to create for maths students aged 7-16 as part of the project, Developing Mathematical Creativity, with our sister site, NRICH.

One aspect of the project that we are particularly excited about is highlighting the role of creativity in mathematics research. All mathematicians tell us that doing original mathematics is highly creative – but what exactly do they mean by that? We asked some researchers from a range of subjects about the role of creativity in their work.

Working within constraints

We started with David Berman who has a very interesting perspective on creativity. As well as being a theoretical physicist at Queen Mary, University of London, he also has a long standing collaboration with the Turner prize winning artist, Grenville Davey. Deconstructing the artistic idea of creativity, Berman told us that rather than an unbridled release of ideas where anything is possible, beauty comes from creating work withing very tight syntactic constraints. “Think of music: the tight system of key and chord makes music very constrained and yet capable of amazing emotional power,” he said. For example Schoenberg’s* experiments with atonal music, though completely new and boundary breaking, were far from unconstrained. “Maths is like this. There are enormous syntactic constrains but still enough freedom to say something new. The beauty lies in between the constraints of syntax and the freedom of meaning.”

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Resources for studying math

IXL Math activities

The Center of Math: Videos Diferential Calculus


The Center produces free high-quality resources that include lecture, solution, tutorial and research videos.They are recorded in their studio classroom space in Cambridge, MA. You can easily browse courses and subjects here or on our youtube channel.

An interesting read on its way

Wikipedia source for a first approximation

Ramon Llull

Ramon Llull (Catalan: [rəˈmon ˈʎuʎ]; c. 1232[2] – c. 1315), T.O.S.F. (AnglicisedRaymond LullyRaymond Lull; in Latin Raimundus or Raymundus Lullus orLullius) was a Majorcan writer and philosopherlogician and a Franciscan tertiary. He is credited with writing the first major work of Catalan literature. Recently surfaced manuscripts show him to have anticipated by several centuries prominent work on elections theory. He is also considered a pioneer of computation theory, especially given his influence on Gottfried Leibniz.[1]Llull is well known also as a glossator of Roman Law.[citation needed]

Within the Franciscan Order he is honored as a martyr. He was beatified in 1857 by Pope Pius IX and his feast day was assigned to 30 June and is celebrated by the Third Order of St. Francis.

The fact that w…

“The fact that we have never read an endless book, or counted to infinity (and beyond!) or made contact with an extraterrestrial civilisation (all subjects of essays in the book) should not prevent us from wondering: what if? … Literature adds a further dimension to the exploration of those pure possibilities. As Nemirovsky and Ferrara suggest, there are numerous similarities in the patterns of thinking and creating shared by writers and mathematicians (two vocations often considered incomparable.)”

Daniel Tammet: Thinking in Numbers

From the extraordinary blog: brainpicker and her 13 must read books on science and technology books 2013

Tangible Math

The project

What does doing math means?

Keith Devlin

With a new book out this month, I’ve started the now familiar round of media interviews that, these days, is part and parcel of being an author. So far, one question that always comes up is for me to give my opinion on the controversial remarks made recently by Harvard president Lawrence Summers about a possible genetic basis for there being fewer women than men in math and science.
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