Today’s Ted Talk was about a “Mathemagician.”
I like math, I like playing with numbers and coming out to something that is right. Like a puzzle, all the pieces clicking into place as I go. I have some trouble with algebra, but it keeps going away the more I do it. (and why I’m linking to Algebra in this post, I haven’t done any fresh work in the book in a week and a half, so I’m doing a quick recap of the two previous chapters to catch myself back up)
He kind of puts all of my math abilities to shape. Actually, scratch that ‘kind of’, he just does. And I don’t mind at all, it’s absolutely fascinating to watch him put them all together, especially at the speed that he does it at.
There’s a rhythm to his math, and it isn’t because he’s memorized the numbers before going on stage. He explains it somewhat, where he breaks down some of the numbers in his head, squares them by themselves and then adds the whole of the total together. I’ve never done this myself, but when working with any number that size, I can see where it really helps to be able to do that.
And he doesn’t just do it with blank numbers, he also figures out what days people were born on with math; getting it accurate every time.
I’m rather in awe of what he did, so I’m coming off rather incoherent. I’m certainly glad that I chose to watch this video out of all of the ones I could have picked.