I’ve said for years that I’m not particularly fond of math. No, I should be honest. I hate math. There’s a reason I was a Bible and Religion major in college. Namely, the major was one of the smallest and there was no math involved. (oh yeah, and that whole calling-to-be-a-pastor thing too) In fact, I can tell you that the last math class that I took was my junior year of high school. After that, I avoided it like the plague.
I’m not really sure why I’ve had such a disdain for math over the years. I think that it mainly has to do with the fact that I’m not very good at memorization. (this is also why I almost failed geography too, by the way) The inability to memorize random things combined with my high school geometry class, which mainly seemed to consist of the memorization of proofs, basically sucked the life out of it for me. Ultimately, I’m a big picture guy who needs to have a story that goes along with whatever I’m learning. (this is how I came to have a history minor without actually trying) I think that, basically, I never got to the point of math where I could see the bigger picture, and thus find any real enjoyment in it.
But then there’s Vi Hart.
She calls herself a “recreational mathemusician”. I’m not totally sure exactly who she is or what she does for a living, but I think she’s beginning to singlehandedly change my opinion of math. To be clear, I’m not going to go out and by math textbooks or sign up for calculus at a community college anytime soon. But her videos are some of the best things that I’ve seen in really long time, even if I can’t fully comprehend everything she’s saying.
Anyways, here are a couple of her videos. This first one is the first video I came across, and the one on snakes….well, let me just say snakesnakesnakesnakesnakesnakesnakesnakesnakesnake (just watch the video, you’ll get it)
Here’s her website. It’s worth killing some time there.