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Ten Years of Numberphile

Numberphile just reached its tenth anniversary on November 11th, 2021. I can’t believe that I’ve been watching this show for close to a decade. I wasn’t there at the beginning. I didn’t catch on to it until 2012 and officially became a fan after watching the 12-12-12 video on Dozenal

They did a classic Numberphile episode on the number 10 to celebrate the occasion. This led to a discussion on friendly numbers. 

Making a Commitment to Myself

Have you had a bad breakup in your past? I don’t think we ever go through life without at least one. It could be a partner or it could be a friend. In those moments, I try not to blame anyone or focus on things that went wrong. That stuff just leads to anxiety or self-doubt. It is easy to find some reason to beat up yourself. I am not saying that I can do this but I try to focus on things that I can change to prepare for the next relationship.

When is Math not Math?

I sometimes think of mathematics as a language. This notion of the right brain and left brain is a false dichotomy. Cognitive psychology sees processes in our mind as a series of systems that work together. We see this in math anxiety where panic impairs working memory. This is why mathematics is so difficult to perform under that condition. Mathematical ability is not impaired.

I just completed my first quarter of a Post-Bacc mathematics degree. I am fortunate that most of my classes from more than a decade ago were accepted for credit. I think that if things go as planned, that I’ll have my BA by the summer of 2020. That isn’t so bad. I would have completed it sooner but I realized that I can only juggle about two classes with my work schedule. I am also volunteering with a organization called Science Talk which puts on a conference for science communications.