While reading “Our Daily Bread” during my daily Bible reading time, it strikes me an idea to create a series of “Our Daily Story” for our Math studying time.
The former makes the Bible alive, connected to our daily life in the context of scriptures; the later will make Math alive, motivate the interest and curiosity of the students to the otherwise cold (and scary, boring) subject, connecting Math to their familiar world.
It is encouraged by Math educationists that a10-minute math story time before class will enthuse the students, to want to know more about the Math topic relating to the mathematician in the story.
My first story will start from the “Pearl” of Math: The Fermat’s Last Theorem (or FLT), simply because I admire the amateur mathematicians who, for all better choices to spend their spare times, are attracted by the beauty of Math and to become great mathematician in their own right.
Since this is a nouvel “blog-form” of reading media, and with the incredible vast knowledge base on Internet within a simple click, I shall not repeat the story with my not-so-elegant writing skill, instead there will be a list of hyperlinks to Wikipedia and other internet resources, including this blog “Tomcircle”.
Note: When I was studying the first year undergraduate course in Math, namely the ‘scary’ Mathématiques Supérieures in the Fermat College (Lycée Pierre de Fermat) in Toulouse (France) in 1978-1979, I could not bother to look at this photo hanging on the wall behind the classroom. Now he looks so handsome to me: by his own genius prank of “the book margin too small to write down the proof“, he kicked off the 350-year pursuit in FLT, in the process revolutionized Number Theory in Modern Algebra.