Math is the Right of All Free People
The statement that “Math is the right of all free people” sums up our goals at Occupy Math, but not how we try to reach them.
Occupy Math wants math to be easier, more accessible, and less scary. Not being able to do simple math opens you up to scam artists, allows politicians lie to you without getting caught, and can cost you piles of money. We want to help you become stronger, to become safer, and to see the incredible glory of pattern and structure in people, society, nature, and art.
Without math, people can be cheated, confused, and may not even know what their choices are. The big issues we address include the following: discrimination against groups of people like women and minorities in math; bad, ill-advised, or counter-productive education techniques in schools; the fact that math is incredibly nifty as demonstrated by fractals, flowers, and fundamental truths about the universe.
We are also deeply concerned that math anxiety is pervasive and viewed as normal by many people. Nothing is quite so toxic to progress as being told it’s impossible before you even try to achieve it. Children should think of math as a toy, not a chore, and the flavor of math is all in how you present it.
Some popular posts? In the social justice topic, people have enjoyed our post, “Stop being stupid and keeping women out of math.” In the category of fun, nifty math, people have loved our post, “Making flowers with trigonometry.” Our public service math posts, (like the one that explains why an initial positive diagnoses of AIDS is probably wrong, even though the test is pretty accurate) have also been popular. We love to hear from our readers about possible topics – the hijacked gubernatorial election in Kansas was pointed out to us by readers.
Found a cool topic? E-mail us at danwell42 (at) gmail.com or comment on one of the blog posts. Also feel free to suggest presentation topics for Occupy Math. We have a TEDx talk (see below) and would love to give further presentations on Occupy Math themes.