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July 3, 2002

Mathematics references

I've always had a hate/love relationship with math. The general idea fascinates me. In his wonderful book The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible, Keith Devlin defines mathematics as the science of patterns, a wonderfully evocative idea to a computer person. But the actual practice of math starts to make me a bit numb.

Slashdot has a couple of threads about math in the last couple of days. The first one is fun: Andrew Lipson has created Lego structures out of mathematical concepts. Check out the little men walking around the Mobius strip. [Slashdot thread].

Slashdot also popped up with another math-related thread: Options for Adults with Renewed Interest in Math?. Lots of interesting discussion about what to do if you're interested discusson. Better than usual level of Slashdot discussion (assuming you read at threshold 2, which I always do.)