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Math porn

  • 19th Jan, 2005 at 5:36 AM

For some odd reason, my creative side has been flourishing, and I've been driven to see beauty in everything.

Which is why I found myself staring at golden spirals and Julia sets. And the more I look, the more I need to look deeper. I feel like I'm falling down the rabbit hole.

Sometimes I wish that my University schooling didn't happen so quickly. There was no time to stop, and smell the roses. I used to love math so very much, but all the intuition I have is at the high school level. Once I got to Waterloo, there was such a deluge of things to learn that I never got to grok any of it.. And so I see no beauty in it, it's just a mess of rules to be packed into the brain, or dug out of a textbook. Talking with Peter Zion on Monday, I felt a little sad that I never liked analogue electronics, because there was no time to play with them. Whereas he has the most unabashed joy when he discovered how to use voltage dividers.

I want to love learning again.