August 18, 2021
School begins this month, perhaps this week. Teachers again will introduce students to questions on math, science, English, social studies, and foreign languages. I wish them all well. No subject is easy, but some say math is the hardest.
I remember geometry as my hardest. Theorems spooked me. The following year I found algebra more enlightening. Graph coordinates with x’s and y’s, as well as logarithms seemed to click in place.
Jordan Ellenberg, a math whiz from Wisconsin, just published a new book, Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everythin...