*By Koseli.*

I’m not sure that the first word that pops into my mind is “beautiful” when describing mathematics, but this video might change my mind. Were you a math whiz, or was it difficult for you to grasp basic concepts?

Make sure to watch the video in full screen!

*P.S. — A series of beautiful math-filled chalkboards.*

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Math is a foreign language to me! I’ve struggled with it my whole life. My husband on the other hand is a Math major and has his Masters in Math Education.

Wow – love this. I can appreciate the beauty of math – I actually started out as a math major. (Differential Calculus kicked my butt, so I had to change.) It makes you view almost everything in a completely different way.

This made me teary. Somewhere in my soul this touches me.

As a visual person, the exactness of math felt confining and dull. A brilliant math teacher would be one who knows how to teach the beauty.

Just last week my son talked about the new work he was learning/doing in web design and described, with joy in his voice, the beautiful “algorithms swirling around.” I envy him.

Math can be beautiful. But I hate to be a killjoy. Not all of their examples were math!

As a statistician, I feel I must comment! True, not all were mathematical, but chemistry, computer science, and the others still use a lot of math. The probability example with the dice made me want to pause the video and examine the equations. Such a lovely language!

This former math team nerd loved it. Thanks. :)

Hah!

When I was in college and grad school, I always got my inspirations in the middle of the night. I’d get up, scrabble around for my glasses, pencil and paper, and turn on the lights to make a note. My boyfriend (later fiancé and husband) hated being woken by all the commotion. So he bought me a blackboard, so all I had to do was find the chalk.

Our relationship really blossomed after that.

Sometimes the notes on the blackboard were more cryptic than the problem I was trying to solve, however.

PS: I was a Math major. I used to love to fill up that blackboard with mathematical musings.

Hello Gabrielle,

Glad you’re loving the Bay Area; spent my college and law school years in Berkeley, so I know well your back yard!

I will be launching my political communications blog, Crack The Message, shortly after the NH primary. Right now I am contemplating a backdrop of images showing problem solving, and that’s where you come in. The Richard Feynman photo in this post could be a keeper. Did you need a license to use it? If so, do you have the proper contact info?

Appreciate your help.

Cheers,

Robert

Sacramento, Calif.

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