## The Haves and the Have-Gots

This is a post on language and linguistics, one of my other passions. This is also largely an educated riff; there has been a lot written on this subject, and I do not profess to higher mastery than what comes…

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This is a post on language and linguistics, one of my other passions. This is also largely an educated riff; there has been a lot written on this subject, and I do not profess to higher mastery than what comes…

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In this post, I’d like to reflect on story problems and the purpose of mathematics education. Consider this problem: Every week, Julie invites some friends over for pizza. Last week, she had four friends over and they ate one whole…

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I’ve been struggling for a while now to find a way to frame and articulate the answer to what seems like a simple question: “What is mathematics?” At the same time, I’ve been seeking to layout the similarities and differences…

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Arenas of mathematical mastery, Computer Programming, Linguistics, Mathematics

An interesting question on the G+ Mathematics community I co-moderate asked about the difference between “numbers” and “numerals”. We wound up discussing this at a party I was hosting (which shows the sort of nerds we are), and this post…

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I recently read John Derbyshire’s book, Unknown Quantity: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra (Plume 2007 edition). I recommend it overall, although the second half becomes increasingly inaccessible to the layperson. One bit that particular stuck in my head, because…

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As of this summer, the summer of 2012, I am qualified to teach mathematics at the high school level in the state of Michigan. I am expecting to be doing so full-time this fall. I am also qualified to teach English,…

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