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Revisiting Internal Motivation

There is a tension between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in teaching mathematics. Our answer to the classic student questions Why do I need to learn this? is a good measure of where ...


Quieter times

Things have been a little quieter for the last couple of weeks. Tomorrow, off to Portugal for a week and a half, then the Czech Republic for a week, then a couple of weeks to catch my bre...



Quotable: Math Connections

It turns out that the people who do well in math are those who make connections and see math as a connected subject. The people who don’t do well are people who see math as a lot of...





A random walk through Mathematica 10

Introduction Mathematica 10 was released yesterday amid the usual marketing storm we’ve come to expect for a new product release from Wolfram Research. Some of the highlights of thi...


Primitive switching classes

Last year I wrote here about switching classes of graphs for which the switching class has a primitive automorphism group. (I repeat the definitions briefly below.) I conjectured that, ex...





Reformers On Motivation

Bill Gates, via Tom Hoffman: … the one thing we have a lot of in the United States is unmotivated students. It’s astonishing to me how many people develop their pet education ...


New Theme Release The Flavour, Restaurant WordPress Theme

After the release of our recent website redesign, we wanted to bring you guys a cool new project. And since we have retired our old Bon Apetit template, we thought it was time for a new R...





The Categorical Origins of Lebesgue Integration

A simple universal property characterizing the space L^1 of Lebesgue-integrable functions.







The Watch: Killer Feature of the FitBit Force

I recently lost my FitBit Force in a Canyoneering mishap (Joel did say “Are you sure you want to bring your FitBit into the canyon?”) and now I’ve been downgraded to a F...