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To Be Free or To Be Bound: That Is The (Variable’s) Question

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You know what’s confused me for a really long time? Whether standing out from the crowd is a good thing or a bad thing. Or, to make that sentence not so extreme by my use of such polar opposite words that offer no gray area in between to contemplate - let me give you an example...

Fielding Can Be Multidimensionally Overwhelming

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I hadn’t realized how emotionally isolated I was in my relationship with mathematics till the physical limitations of 2020 were imposed on the world. I hadn’t realized how strong my feelings of adulation were for math till there were severe limits placed on ...

Sometimes I Feel Like A Logarithm

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cat curled up sleeping with its front paw covering its face

Let's begin with this excellent definition of what a logarithm is: Logarithms are mathematical relationships used to compare things that can vary dramatically in scale. I find that the clearest way to explain what a logarithm is to first say what its relationship is to an exponent, because...

Fractalicious. Rhymes with Delicious. 

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I think it’s kind of weird that I didn’t have the whole world of fractals in a bear-hug of an embrace till I was…oh…probably in my 30’s? I guess I just had never stumbled upon them and didn’t know that the genesis, definitively, of a fractal is alls about the maths. I’m sure I had seen them and...

The OG Swinger

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In the living room of the house I grew up in, there was a big ol’ grandfather clock that my mom picked up at a garage sale and, with the help of one of my brothers, restored back to working condition. When it was oh-so-quiet in the room and I’d be curled up in my chair reading...

Don’t Go Changin’

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I’m going to tell you about one of those words that has a definition that can be ever-so-slightly different depending on not just the context of how it’s being used, or what part of speech is assigned to it (Sometimes it’s a noun! Sometimes it’s an adjective!) but its definition can also be...

Let’s Get Into Harmony

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the fine lines of a fresh tattoo of the mathematical representation of harmony on an arm

Who doesn’t like harmony? Like, are there people out there who hear something quantifiably harmonic and they make a face like they just bit into something gross? Is there anyone here who has a misophonia for harmony? Well, I love it, in all the environments and disciplines where it can exist. I...

My Ideal Beer Buddy is an Integer

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A glass of beer on the bench at Timberline lodge

I want to go back to the basics, to one of the fundamental participants in all mathematical calculations. When I say I love math, most folx presume that means I love arithmetic, which is not quite true. I mean, I definitely get some satisfaction when...

A Memorandum on Pop Math

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Post-it note with a hand that just finished writing the math symbol for because and the word MATH

You know how people say, “because, science” in response to a question that is about anything from why diseases spread, to how diamonds are made, to why some bird migrations land in the same backyard, year after year? And while we should always...

Go Ahead, Give It A Lil’ Shove

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The word GO in RatFink font as a tattoo on a person's arm

My favorite word is GO. You can proclaim it like a battle charge as you wage into a space that you’d rather not be in yet you have to be in so let’s get it over with. You can also whisper it to yourself, that final assertion that, hey, stud, you got this. There’s probably a legit million ways you...

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