## Mathematics: A Poetic Approach

I'm working on a laboratory manual for undergraduate mathematics. One
of the "image problems" of mathematics and mathematicians is
that non-mathematicians generally think mathematics is all about x's
and y's, and odd manipulations that follow a certain set of cookbook
rules. They don't see in mathematics what mathematicians see: they
don't see the *poetry*.

*Mathematics: A Poetic Approach* will (I hope) address this
issue. I feel that algebra, calculus, etc., are to mathematics what
English grammar is to Shakespeare. Of course, everyone wants to write
good...but the point is that the grammatical structure of the English
language is *not* what is beautiful and exciting about it.

I'd also like to write a mathematics book that looks at mathematics
the way *mathematicians* do. For example, in one section on the
mathematics of voting, different possible "majority rules"
schemes are looked at, and the existence of a definite *pattern*
is revealed: either one person has all the power (and is a dictator),
even in a nominal democracy, or the three share equal power.

I'll keep this web page updated as developments go by...

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