Mathematics tends to bisect people into either fascination or annoyance. If you're in the latter camp, or actually like maths but can't quite get a hold of it, a Cornell professor is blogging a kind of re-introduction to maths for adults.
Photo by Mykl Roventine.
Steven Strogatz won the 2007 Communications Award from the American Mathematical Society for his lifelong efforts to explain mathematics to a wider audience. He's undertaking the same kind of thing in a New York Times blog series, starting out with an explanation of what numbers are and why we need them.
Strogatz explains his mission in his typically direct, precise language:
I'll be writing about the elements of mathematics, from pre-school to grad school, for anyone out there who'd like to have a second chance at the subject — but this time from an adult perspective. It's not intended to be remedial. The goal is to give you a better feeling for what math is all about and why it's so enthralling to those who get it.
Be sure to follow the blog series on RSS or other means if you're intrigued at the idea of taking a second shot at maths.
From Fish to Infinity [Steven Strogatz/NYTimes.com]