When I started writing this post (several weeks ago!), I was aiming to answer the question posed in the title. I even thought I knew what I was going to say.

But — fortunately or unfortunately — these ideas are pretty complex.

When I started writing this post (several weeks ago!), I was aiming to answer the question posed in the title. I even thought I knew what I was going to say.

But — fortunately or unfortunately — these ideas are pretty complex.

In the very first post on this blog, I asked, “Is math fiction?” This series goes deeper.

Many mathematicians feel that they are artists. What makes people describe math as “dreamy and poetic,” “radical, subversive, and psychedelic”?

Is math art?

In this post, I try to explain, in the best words I can find, what the experience of math is like for me.

A solution to the puzzle from last post. For the original problem, see The Mutilated Chessboard: Part I.

These are solid sculptures that, when spun under a strobe light, seem to move. The result is a little dizzying, but beautiful.

I’ve noticed that a lot of math people share the same quirks. While not everyone has the exact same habits, there are a few things I’ve noticed in myself as I’ve become more involved in mathematics.

I think most people learn math backwards. For most of my life, I had the impression that math is a neat package of rules. A teacher would present a rule, and I would memorize the rule and apply it to a set of problems.

In this post, I’m going to do math in the other direction.