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Jordan’s here!

May 13, 2015

I’m excited as always to see my buddy Jordan Ellenberg, who’s in town accepting a Guggenheim Fellowship.

You might have thought that Guggenheims were awarded to starving artists, and you would be mostly right, but they also give them out to a couple of math people each year as well.

Since Jordan has kids and I have kids, we got to talking about how fantastic our kids are, which led Jordan to show me this adorable video involving him and his son C.J.:

It’s in reference to the National Math Festival, which was held in April in D.C.. Jordan spoke there about his book How Not To Be Wrong, which I reviewed a while ago. A couple of comments:

  • If you look carefully, you will also see my buddy Rebecca Goldin with one of her (many) adorable kids in the video,
  • My favorite part (and Jordan’s) is where he puts his head inside a Fibonacci sequence, even though that makes no sense,
  • My sons would never be this math positive. They enjoy talking about how much they hate school in general and math in particular.
  • I’m kind of proud of how I’m raising them to be “independent thinkers,” though, which is what I call that.
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  1. May 13, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Your kids hate math or hate math class?


    • May 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Math class. I think they secretly love math. Don’t tell them I said that.

      On Wed, May 13, 2015 at 9:29 AM, mathbabe wrote:



  2. Christina Sormani
    May 13, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I discourage everyone from discussing how they hate math. Its not independant thought. Its just parroting the popular kids.


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