From the day I learned Calculus, I noticed that I had become obsessed with learning how certain things worked. While it is fun to understand how certain things work, it is even more entertaining to learn about how something was discovered. Furthermore, it is most amusing to learn how something works or exists on our own. For example, knowing that **2•2=4 **isn’t very rewarding for a child. However, understanding why **2•2=4**, demonstrating it with wooden blocks, is extremely rewarding.

That is why it is so enjoyable to come up with and read about proofs. To write out a proof takes…

In his 1969 book, The Science of the Artificial, Herbert Simon defines design as “**To design is to devise courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.”** To move away from the thing at hand to one chosen, the chosen one can’t simply be functional. It has to also appeal to the eye. We can say that things that are functional yet appealing have good design.

All of the brilliant designers I have had the opportunity to meet had vast imaginations and significant aesthetic concerns. Furthermore, all of them had interests in geometry and mathematics. Spending my…

Everyone knows about honey bees. However, the bees have known what human mathematicians didn’t know for thousands of years. A honeybee may be the most extraordinary creature in the universe. Its body is beautifully patterned, can fly wherever it wants, spends its time near beautiful flowers, produces the most delicious and incredible substance in nature, honey, and, most importantly, it is a great mathematician. The amount of knowledge they have of the world around them is comparable to graduating from the best science and engineering schools. They show us that mathematics is the language of nature and science. Aristotle was…

It was finally the weekend! After my long mathematics presentation, I came home to watch my favorite tv show, Person of Interest, to de-stress. Surprisingly, the episode was about the most famous mathematical constant, **pi (π)**, *equal to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159.* **Mr. Finch** (the main character) acted as a substitute teacher and wrote on the chalkboard **3.1415926535.** Then he asked the students, “What does this mean?”

I answered the question in my mind, thinking, “*If I have a bicycle tire with a diameter of 1, then one full revolution of…*

Archimedes used calculus as a simple way of thinking that was never seen before. On the other hand, ** Richard Feynman held that calculus was the language that God had used when creating this universe. **In reality, both are correct. Not only is calculus a form of thinking, but it is also a way to explain an unknown occurrence. If we look further into it, we can assume that they are the same thing. After all, language is the spoken form of thoughts.

Ever since Leibniz proposed calculus to the world, mathematicians and…

When I close my eyes and go back in time, I see a college student sitting in the back row and looking sad while the professor is standing next to the chalkboard, writing mathematical definitions on it with chalk. The click, click, click sound was still obvious every time the professor wrote on the blackboard. Then, the student goes into deep thought when the professor said:

*“For every epsilon greater than 0 [ε>0], there exists a delta greater than 0. [ δ>0]”*

Upon hearing this, the student asked himself repeatedly: What does epsilon mean? That student actually was me. Although…

On a snowy day in London, as he was lying in bed and gazing at the ceiling, Sherlock Holmes’ mind was once again at work trying to crack yet another case. It wasn’t long before Dr. Watson came knocking at the door and described to him a most peculiar murder case. Sherlock at first paid no attention to any of what Watson had to say. However, when Watson told him of the tracks from the bicycle with which the culprit had made his getaway, Sherlock suddenly turned to him and said, “well, now, why don’t we have a look at…

One of the significant losses in this day and age is how unexcited we are about everything. Many people seem not to be affected by discoveries and information, which is one thing that Georg Cantor was very diligent in avoiding. He seldom lost his excitement for anything. Prime examples of this include how one day when he was in deep thought, he realized that any line segment’s points match all points of three-dimensional space. Realizing this, he immediately sent a note to one of the only people that could correctly understand this, his friend Julies Dedekind, saying:

“Je le vois…

I have been working in the field of education for almost a decade. ** My teaching experience showed me** that if we do not find the most efficient way to teach mathematics to our students, we cannot be good educators no matter how hard we try.

** What I learned from my students is** that they love playing games. A good math game can make the kids learn in a more fun and interactive way. Since then, I have been trying to find some cool math games that I can use in my classroom.

I have curated some of my favorite math…

Sometimes I find myself thinking, what if we did not have the unique number ** “pi”**? Probably, everything would change. Our beautiful mathematics turn strange; maybe even the earth would go awry and wouldn’t orbit the sun. If the world is still not so bad, it is because of that notorious constant number

By the way, I assumed we all know what pi is since middle school. Our teacher showed us that ** “pi” (π)** is an irrational number, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference

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