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No, you didn’t mis-read, I do think that mathematics is a language, with its own culture and literature, but seemingly inaccessible to the non-speakers.
Those of you, like me, who ‘get it’ and, more to the point, understand and enjoy teaching mathematics probably feel the same frustration as a tourist in the Brazilian rainforest trying to describe a 4G phone to an Amazonian who knows what telephones are, but doesn’t really see how they can be useful in hunting tapir… At least, if you’re anything like me you will! Continue reading


It has been about 5 months since I left Japan and I am surprised – although maybe I shouldn’t be – at how much not being constantly exposed to a language causes it to disappear.  I have had the occasional … Continue reading