Lobster, Sword-Swallowing and the Library

ImageExeter went all out for our final night  – all the conferences (Math, Humanities, Biology, Shakespeare, and Diversity) shared a stupendous seafood dinner, and the math conferees were treated to an evening’s entertainment by Roderick Russell, a magician/mind reader/sword and fire swallower (http://www.roderickrussell.com/).  While this might not seem like a very mathematical evening, everyone has been thinking/collaborating/studying hard this week, and it was a wonderful celebration of our efforts and collegiality.

Tomorrow I am giving a brief presentation on Flatland (http://www.geom.uiuc.edu/~banchoff/Flatland/) in my higher mathematics class as my final project.  I am finishing this class with a sense of accomplishment in surviving it (probably not what the instructor had intended) and knowing what I want tackle next – some number theory, abstract algebra, real analysis.  My iPad class, on the other hand, has been a much more currently productive experience – jam-packed with ideas I can develop and share back home.  We worked on a collaborative book on the architecture of Louis Kahn, who designed the Exeter Library, which can only be described as geometrically awesome.

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Actually, I am certain there are appropriate architectural terms to depict the way in which the structure serves the type of space it is creating while simultaneously asserting its own form.  But I just felt that I was in some type of hallowed place, and that great studying and learning could definitely take place within its walls.

I will reflect more on my week after I have had a chance to process it from a distance, but on this last evening in my somewhat monastic dorm room, I can only say that I am happy and grateful that I have experienced this week, and that I have come away with so much more than I ever anticipated.  And rather than facing my summer with the usual exhaustion and desire to sort of shut down until business resumes in September, I am energized with ideas, and looking forward to turning them into some concrete plans in the weeks to come.  And I haven’t even attended Twitter Math Camp (http://www.twittermathcamp.com/) yet!

Transversals abounding

Transversals abounding

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GeoGebra 5.0 3D Beta

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