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February 1, 2019

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

I have a number of questions still rumbling around after Harrison Middleton University’s January Quarterly Discussion. We read Archimedes’ Sand Reckoner and G. H. Hardy’s Mathematician’s Apology. I put these two pieces together because I am interested in mathematical discourse separated by thousands of years. More than time, however, they also came from different parts of the world,

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September 28, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

I hear a lot of teachers complain that students are not willing to spend much time trying to struggle with a difficult problem. Some of these teachers lament the fact that gadgets have become a main source of information, rather than logic. In other words, we can answer our tough math problems with Google or some other device. I think there is more going on than the implementation of technology,

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February 5, 2016

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

A colleague suggested that I re-read Euclid as if his definitions were a poem. Considering I study poetry often, this sounded like a fun exercise. I was unprepared, however, for the depth of insight that followed. I already discussed how important it was for Euclid to be both precise and abstract, but I did not realize how truly applicable this revelation was.

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January 29, 2016

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Let me begin by stating that organizing and leading Harrison Middleton University’s Quarterly Discussions is one of the best parts of my job. The participants always challenge me as do the texts and authors. This quarter, I chose something completely foreign to me and I am absolutely ecstatic with the result. For January’s discussion, we read from Euclid’s definitions in The Elements as well as a selection from Alfred North Whitehead’s Introduction to Mathematics.

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