Why Algebra is Necessary: Rebutting Andrew Hacker

I teach Geometry. I’ve taught it for years. I’ll have two sections of it this year. Probably 65 kids. Every year that I’ve taught the subject, kids have freaked out at the mere mention of the word “Proof.” Without actually knowing what they are or how to do them, they want to give up immediately. [Read More...]

Happy Tau Day, Everyone!

Celebrate! In case you want to know why Pi is wrong, you should read this [Read more...]

When Atheism and Math Collide…

My friends Eric and Rose have a website called The Coming Out Godless Project where they post stories about people who have left their faith. They also sell really awesome shirts on Zazzle. Last week, I suggested a few math-themed shirts that I’d love to see… and they designed them If you get one, wear [Read More...]

If You Answer This Math Problem Correctly, You May Be an Atheist

If a baseball and bat cost $110, and the bat costs $100 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost? Go ahead. Do the problem. . . . The wrong answer — the one you come up with when you don’t put any thought into it or simply go with your gut — [Read More...]

Speaking at Michigan State University Next Week

Just one more day until Spring Break! And then, I’ll finally have time to start working on that Reason Rally speech… In any case, I’ll be visiting Michigan State University next Thursday (March 29th). The Center for Inquiry group on campus is bringing me out there to talk about how to make math class a [Read More...]