All posts by karim

F-Stop in the Name of Love

I love photography. When I was younger, my dream was to shoot for National Geographic: to become the next Steve McCurry, the next Mike Yamashita, the next Ami Vitale, Nick Nichols, or Josh Haner.

One afternoon in my mid-20s, though, I visited the Newseum in Washington, DC, which included a photojournalism gallery with every Pulitzer Prize-winning image since 1942. There’s an almost other-worldly quality to great photography, an almost superhuman ability of great photographers to tell a story — to reveal an entire narrative — in the click of a single shutter. I spent hours staring at these images, marveling at the lighting, the layering, the angles and depth. And when I left the museum I thought, “I’ll never be that good.” It wasn’t an angsty realization. I wasn’t frustrated. I just knew, “These photographers literally see the world differently.” So I got into math education instead.

Indeed, photography is a way of looking at the world; it is a way of seeing. The difference with the naked eye, of course, is that this form of seeing involves a camera, an artificial device with its own virtues, but also its own limitations. Taking fully advantage of the artistic potential of photography, then, means understanding how a camera works.

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The Real Worlds

In part of his ongoing “real world vs. fake world” series, Dan Meyer offered three versions of the same problem, and asked us at Mathalicious to opine on which we considered the most “real,” and how we evaluate the real-ness of a mathematical task: Version A Given an arbitrary point P on a line segment […]

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Mathalicious 2.0

I’m so happy to welcome you to this new version of Mathalicious.  I started Mathalicious in 2009, named it after my favorite rap group, and since then have dedicated to it more of my life than I care to admit, indeed more than was probably healthy.  And yet, for all those years and all those […]

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Steve Leinwand for NCTM President

  I was fortunate to attend Steve Leinwand’s presentation at the NCTM annual convention in Philadelphia this spring. I had never heard him speak before but, within five minutes, thought, “This guy is the real deal.”   He was comparing standardized assessments in the United States to those in Asia, decrying the former for being […]

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Tyson v. LeBron

  The Miami Heat and New York Knicks are playing this week in the first round of the NBA playoffs. After a controversial flagrant foul call on Saturday, all eyes will be on Heat superstar LeBron James and Knicks center Tyson Chandler.   Which has us at Mathalicious HQ wondering, Who’s better? In particular, who […]

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The Things We Find Interesting

There’s a good debate going on right now on Dan Meyer’s blog about the nature of “interesting:” what makes for an interesting question, and what are the types of curiosity/perplexity that we want to inspire in our students?   We all have our own thoughts on that. Dan’s stuff --- and the prompts that others […]

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Mathalicious Kickstarts a Fresh Way to Teach with Math52

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ginny Stuckey, 530-420-5474, ginny@mathalicious.com   Mathalicious Kickstarts a Fresh Way to Teach with Math52 Alexandria, VA – 04/25/2012   Today, Mathalicious, a leader in innovative math curriculum, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Math52. Math52 is a video series that explores creative applications of math in everyday life. Each week […]

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Warranties, part 2: Warranty for You

In the previous post we discussed whether it’s ever a good idea to buy a product warranty such as AppleCare. To answer this, we used something called expected value. For instance, if an $829 iPad has a 5% chance of failing --- and assuming AppleCare will cover the problem if it does --- we say […]

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Warranties, part 1: An AppleCare a Day

  Apple just released the new iPad, and buyers across the country are asking the same question: Should I buy AppleCare?   When you pay $829 for a 64GB 4G iPad, paying another $99 to protect it may seem like an easy decision, and for many consumers it is. After all, it would be a […]

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Le Pont de Javert

I was obsessed with Les Misérables when I was a kid. I still had the Zeppelin posters, and my first CD was Black Crowes' Shake Your Money Maker. But that didn't stop me from wanting to be Gavroche, the little Parisian kid who brags about what "little people can do" before outing Javert as a spy. […]

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