Monthly Archives: April 2012

Dickens and Mathematics Somehow

I’ve noticed that lately my blog posts have been becoming more personal.  Maybe it is a phase I’m going through.  Anyway I just finished reading Dickens’ Little Dorrit. Besides the well-known social motifs relating to poverty, prisons, bureaucracy, and bubble economies, … Continue reading

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Nobody Calls Me Anymore

I am getting fewer and fewer phone calls at my office nowadays.   My telephone number is published on the syllabus and on the class website and I continually urge students to “give me a ring” if they have a … Continue reading

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Math Is More Than Just Algebra

I alluded in a couple of earlier posts, here and here, to the fact that our high school mathematics curriculum is in a rut focusing mostly on basic algebra and that many algebra skills will only be useful in calculus … Continue reading

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