The fantasy cover look of the book was intentional. Calming forest. Wildflowers. A girl chasing a rabbit. A colorful prism floating in the just below the title — where a magical castle might be in some mythic fable. All of it is explained in the book — even the crystal, whose powers are mathematically literal and metaphorical.

In 2013, I hated the math in education so much, that I quit. Do you know how much you have to hate something — and I love math — to quit a great job with great benefits?? A lot. That hate needs to…


In case you don’t live in the Province of Ontario, you might not be aware of the fact that a seismic event happened(which was intended to be anything but) a few days ago when this passage from the new Ontario Math Curriculum was…removed.

Removed(it deserves its own sentence and paragraph, with italicization).


My Teaching Career in a Short Letter

It was early December, 2005. I was in Vienna for a two full days of training for the International Baccalaureate program, which I was teaching at The International School of Lausanne in Switzerland. I remember a very specific moment where we were marking IB exam papers, and matching them up to the actual score they got from “seasoned” examiners. I gave a score of 2.5 out of 4 on one question. I remember the person leading the workshop explaining to me why I shouldn’t have given that extra half grade in that question.

I knew right then I wasn’t cut…


It’s not a coincidence that a documentary about Anthony Bourdain comes out months before my final book, where an entire chapter is about him and the lens he gave me to see my relationship with mathematics with the same feral and romantic perspective that marked his entire career as a storyteller, author, and world renowned personality.

Soon as I started watching the trailer, I felt the overwhelming emotions coming. I could see the tsunami of it all coming. I let it wash over me. …


Think of the moment when kids understand that fingers — not just their fingers — is a way to count. Think also when they count two for legs on a chicken and also time passage in terms of days. There is a ton of abstraction that we all fall into right from the beginning. The abstraction leap from something like three fingers to the number “3” might be one of the biggest that we rarely acknowledge to the time that it deserves. …


I wanted to find an image that tried to give the best representation of mathematical habitats in schools — colorful birds, some similarity of a natural environment, etc. But, in the end, there were cages. There was a boundary. There were limits.

Most of our classrooms in terms of mathematics are nicely curated zoo cages. We call them grade levels. One of the worst things that happened in mathematics was the belief that some topics were relegated to certain grade bands. …


Back in Fall of 2019, I began writing my third — and final — book. I had a loose title/theme about this constant, steady movement towards unknown ideas about math. My gut instinct told me that there would be much to unpack in terms of a whole book, so I proceeded. The main reason I gave myself a green light to undergo the 18 months of writing was that this lifetime pursuit — the movement itself — has been a locus of wellness.

Mathematics has made me a better person, friend, and father. It has given me a colorful lens…


Numbers. Your basic operations. Some advanced operations — “power ups” as wonderfully coined by the wise and whimsical Berkeley Everett, who is K to 5 Math Facilitator at UCLA Math Projects. His background also includes being a classical and jazz pianist.

Two weeks ago, I showed a particular set of four Albert’s Insomnia cards that I dealt out a few years back. They looked innocuous, but some magic lay far up ahead to those particular cards.


The phrase falling behind — regardless of what it is — implies you are involved in a race that has been branded important by someone other than yourself. It also implies a velocity to catch-up/stay in the race.

Races are to be won and lost. Trophies given out to the winners and medals of regret, shame, and loss of self-worth to the losers. Be wary of people who utter these phrases. …


Pink Floyd’s The Wall

I have a confession to make. I am not a math person. Yes, math is a large part of my life, but it washes through me like other things I am curious/passionate about — music, art, film, literature, sports, etc. I understand the statement, especially since its aim is to provide comfort/solace to those who have been unsuccessful with math — especially those who have suffered trauma with the subject.

But, I am just a person who relishes and dabbles in many things, and enjoys all the bounty of knowledge that the universe has to offer. Mathematics is no greater…

Sunil Singh

Author of Pi of Life: The Hidden Happiness of Mathematics and Co-Author of Math Recess: Playful Learning in the Age of Disruption. Speaker. Amplify and Mathigon

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