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Mathematics: the Science of Patterns?

Friday, July 17th, 2009

I came across this quote in Lockhart’s Lament: (                                                                                                                                          “In

In fact, if I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of
destroying a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I
couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently being done I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soulcrushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education.” [Paul Lockhart published in 2002]

This quote resonated with me because my intent in my workbook is precisely to engage a “child’s natural curiosity” and “love of pattern-making.” 

Mathematics is the Science of Patterns.  For more on patterns in mathematics, I recommend Keith Devlin’s  Mathematics, the Science of Patterns.  The book’s subtitle is:  the Search for Order in Life, Mind, and the Universe.