I got my math textbook in the mail yesterday. This is one of the last 5 courses I have to take in order to have successfully completed my Bachelor’s degree…after 6 long years. It will be strange doing math again for a grade. It’s been quite some time since I have. This is a bit humorous because I loved math so much as a kid that I would hole up in my room with stuffed animals and teach them how to do long division past my bedtime — embarassing, right? But I loved it. I think once I had a terrible teacher for Algebra II in Prattville, AL who refused to rephrase her explanations when asked to explain it another way, I broke up with math. When I sat in Dean Payne’s office at Florida College crying because I was having such a hard time with my Calculus, I officially divorced math, at least in the academic world.
Now I work with autistic children ages 6-10 (more on this another time) who are doing awesomely well if they can count to 30 and recognize and say their numbers at will. A much better fit for a divorcee of mathematics, I’d say.
In tune with the math theme here is a not entirely mathematic song that is actually referencing spirituality more than equations., but is entitled “Simple Math.” The song is by Manchester Orchestra, who I was wrongly informed was breaking up and not releasing any more albums together, is actually releasing a new album this summer which is extremely exciting. They are amazing. You should lastfm them and listen to everything by them that you can get your hands on (which, really, we live in the age of the internet and you must have some friends that listen to them — youtube, lastfm, pandora, and ask your buddies…someone or a compilation of the aforementioned will have all of it).