Beauty of Mathematics

A Love of Mathematics Born From Failure

It wasn't always clear that I would pursue mathematics with such vigor. In High school, I had a different pursuit. Over the course of four years, I prepared myself for the day that I would enter college as a physics student with a concentration in astronomy. I was...

The Role of Creative Play in Mathematics

Some recent events triggered a depressive episode. For the past week, I’ve been feeling helpless and overwhelmed. I admit that I started losing some hope that things would improve. Luckily, I had a math dream! I think it was my brain’s way of cheering me up. I decided...

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The Truth About G.H. Hardy

G.H. Hardy wasn't always my favorite mathematician. My first love was Gauss. A titan of mathematics and physics worlds. I learned all the well-known stories in my physics class. The most famous, how Gauss figured out how to sum all the numbers from 1-100. What I liked...

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What Math Anxiety Feels Like

Recently, I've read some excellent articles that cover math anxiety.They have me reflecting on my own childhood.I remember this time vividly, due to trauma I experienced. Even as an adult, it is difficult to leave the painful experiences behind. When we talk about...

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The Story of the Locked Box and the Key of Dreams

I don’t think that I’ve ever had full access to my mathematical abilities. When I was a child, I struggled with math and was behind developmentally from other children. I had issues associated with dyscalculia. Such as an inability to read an analog clock or make...

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A Lesson from G.H Hardy

G.H Hardy is a mathematician from the early 1900's. He spent most of his career at Trinity College, Cambridge in the UK. The latter half of his career was spent as the Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford University. Hardy had much to say about the role of...

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Love and Logic

This July marks the second anniversary of my father’s death. My relationship with my father was strained at times but he is the person who made me feel safe. Honestly, the feelings I have for my father are complex. Underlying all those emotions, I feel love and miss...

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Lessons Learned From Mental Health Advocacy & Portland Pride

In 2006, I started a mental health organization at Humboldt State. This group was called NAKED for Mental Health. I can't tell you what the acronym means—I wanted a title with some shock value. All my friends joined and we put on some activities in the halls. The...

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It’s Pleasure, Not Passion

In 2014, I took a trip to New York City to see Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. There are things we know we have to do or we will regret them forever. I stayed at my favorite hostel in Brooklyn. It's a great little place, the company is...

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