I’ve never taught young children to learn their times tables, but if I did, this is instinctively how I would probably approach it. For the sake of complete clarity, nothing I have written here is meant to suggest that this is not currently done, nor is it meant to suggest that it is the only… Read More Thirty Six
Gravity is quite an easy concept to understand. If two bodies have mass they attract each other. They move together as a system. We understand very clearly how this works and have some simple equations to enable us to work out the forces involved. It’s simple enough for school children to understand. So, two bodies,… Read More The three body problem
First the math. The BBC report today that equations can be beautiful. Apparently it took a few cognitive psychologists and an fMRI scanner to show what the more enlightened among us already knew (yes, I know its yet another fMRI story, but what the heck, it starts my post off). As I said here, Eulers… Read More Is this an imaginary number which I see before me?
I’ve written before about the beauty of mathematics and how it is sometimes difficult to see unless you have reached a certain level of understanding. With this in mind it has been interesting “watching” some of the edu-twitterati as they journey through higher levels of mathematics than they are familiar with. Aside from observing the sheer… Read More Finding the beauty