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Mathematics in the Culture of Life 
A theorem lattice and exploration of logic
   a pattern exploration; 
            therefore beautiful
        and therefore a basis of physics.

Math in the anti-culture
    is a bag of tricks. 
Jude's Dots: Seeing Number
   Now, math is just abstract, you may say. There can’t be good and evil in math, surely! Two and two make four for everybody... don’t they? 
   Yet even in the teaching of math, there are right and wrong ideas about how we look at children, which is how we look at persons and therefore at the education appropriate to persons. 
   From the outset, the study of numbers, arithmetic, should provide the opportunity for a study of pattern. A student must learn his tables, but
not merely by rote: rather, to prepare the mind for pattern investigations which strongly depend on the awareness of number and of number relationships. Learning just by rote does not always lead to the awareness of pattern. 
    For this reason, there is now an intense fight about the importance of learning the tables. Some argue that things that computers can do ought not to take up our children’s time, as if number facts might clutter the mind...

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Jude's Dots is an introduction to the concept of number as quantity. The heart of the book is red dot pages with 1 to 100 dots. An introductory section explains how to present the dots: they are not meant to be counted! Children can see the numbers without that, and their teachers may also develop a stronger sense of number in the process. The motive for the book was to provide an easy-to-use presentation of number as quantity to counter the inclination of the digital generation to see number as numeral, even as a pattern on the finger pad. From the perspective, math is very abstract indeed. Why should one position plus another position lead to a third position?
Numeral images and words are also provided on facing pages.

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No Boring Numbers takes the first 45 numbers and offers some interesting information about each of them. The intent, as with Jude's Dots, is to pull the reader into a visual encounter with each number. Various concepts about prime numbers, taxicab numbers, and other curiosities also come up. By way of preview, here are some interesting things about the number 19. |Link|
    Of course I wanted to go to 100, but there are software considerations I need to learn, and the computer was complaining about those.

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