#### 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 youÂ sure you want to bring your FitBit into the canyon?”) and now I’ve been downgraded to a F...