Math Is Beautiful

I am delighted by the purity of mathematics.

For the past three years I have sat through various mathematics courses, showing me the beauty of math – but most do not see what I see. The most frequent reaction I encounter when telling people that I am studying mathematics is an attitude of disbelief, for they reply, “I could never do that!” How disheartening! If only they could see the beauty of mathematics in things like the patterns it creates, the logic it implies, or the harmony it brings as a type of cross-cultural language.

As a Senior in TIME 2000, a wonderfully rigorous and exciting Math-Education Program, I am constantly on the lookout for how daily interactions, newspaper readings, or new classwork pertain to my philosophy of both Mathematics and Education. With teachers for parents, I’ve grown up always considering how my experiences affect my life. I am constantly refined by many experiences; experiences that I love to flesh out in writing for writing allows me to understand connections that I couldn’t see previously, connections in life and in math. It allows me to see the life connections that make mathematics beautiful.

Through Math Is Beautiful, I will share my discoveries on the beauty of mathematics, my joy from learning under master teachers, and the blessings that come as I discover procedures for teaching mathematics – procedures that make students excited to learn a subject that is so frequently dismissed as “too difficult.”

by Rachel Wessel, Math Is Beautiful

Math is Beautiful’s Posts:

Four years of schooling cumulate into one point, graduation.  Still, what does the fact that I’m graduating mean? I’m graduating with a degree in Mathematics Education so I can go on to teach students mathematics.  I’ve spent the last four years learning the how to’s, and the deeper mathematics concepts so now, as I go […]
Posted: May 22, 2013, 2:42 am
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Posted: May 7, 2013, 3:11 pm
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Posted: May 4, 2013, 8:22 pm
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Posted: May 1, 2013, 3:11 pm
Have I mentioned I like geometry? Well in my current College Geometry Class (MATH 618) I’ve gotten a few smirks as I reach into my nifty pencil case and pull out my protractor – I like my circles to be like all my math, precise. Just today I saw this picture, and had a smirk of my […]
Posted: April 22, 2013, 3:11 pm
New York Times Opinion Pages hits again. On April 12 an opinion piece called, “Teachers: Will We ever learn?,” by Jal Mehta, that gut wrenchingly challenged the ability of teachers to challenge the cognitive development of their students. The worst is when the author states, “By these criteria, American education is a failed profession.” A failed profession? To think that I’m […]
Posted: April 16, 2013, 3:11 pm
I was observed today. Observation 3/4… What does that mean? The semester is almost over and I’m almost ready to enter the world of professional working. Anyway, today in class we were introduced to Rational Functions.  My observer recommended using the following activity as a subsequent practice problem so I thought it might be nice to see! Have some […]
Posted: April 9, 2013, 7:02 pm
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Posted: March 26, 2013, 11:10 pm
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Posted: March 19, 2013, 3:11 pm
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Posted: March 12, 2013, 3:11 pm