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By Bill Benson
Columnist 

Euclid's Elements

 

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...



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