Posts Tagged ‘Anecdotes’

So apparently there’s a Miss USA beauty pageant. I hadn’t been following it, for any one of a million reasons, but then Renee at Womanist Musings drew my attention to one of the contestants, Miss California, and her views on gay marriage. Advertisements


Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. This is my contribution. (If you don’t think mathematics should be included in “technology”, you’re probably not using very good technology.) During my final year of my mathematics undergraduate degree, a group of us used to spend […]


My town is probably the only town in Japan with sister schools in Turkey. Over a hundred years ago, a Turkish ship ran aground on the coast here. Most of the sailors perished, but a few were rescued by local people, and Turkey was grateful. There’s a small museum nearby commemorating the event, a few […]


Authors in the UK are up in arms over proposals by publishers to label all children’s books with “age bands” from later this year. The proposals to label books as being suitable for ages 5+, 7+, 9+, 11+ and 13+/teen are causing a storm of objections from a vast number of people involved in children’s […]


I’m a peripatetic EFL teacher. I work at six schools on a regular basis, with occasional visits to several more and a few kindergartens thrown in for good measure. At the junior highs I teach at, my role is well-defined and the teachers I work with, as well as the other staff members, know what […]


When I was a teenager, I spent much of my free time rowing. I was part of a squad that trained six days a week, and at weekends and after school during the summer, the training was at a boathouse on the Thames. The boathouse was some distance from the main road, and so several […]


When I was eleven, I learned how to solve a Rubik’s cube. I’d like to claim that this was a result of precocious mathematical ability and an innate sense of algorithms, patterns and parity. In actual fact, it was the result of a summer spent in the Lake District, where it rained almost every day. […]


The town I live in has a population of around 20,000, of whom approximately 19,990 are Japanese. By now, therefore, most people who live around here know me by sight. But visitors to this little corner of rural Japan are sometimes surprised to see a tall blonde girl in the supermarket. Today’s surprised visitor was […]


Recent research suggests that mathematics is an unpopular subject because it has an image problem. Many students and undergraduates seem to think of mathematicians as old, white, middle-class men who are obsessed with their subject, lack social skills and have no personal life outside maths. The student’s views of maths itself included narrow and inaccurate […]