The American Mathematical Monthly featured an article in January 2014, which reads as such:
"You spend 20 minutes telling them how wonderful it all is."
I'm sorry. It is wonderful how we can get around both the vertical line rule and the horizontal line rule
how the curve can flower, spiral, and cross itself again and again
how we can now make any pretty picture we want. Yes, it is all very wonderful but okay, I promise, I won't ever again waste 20 minutes.
And thank you for letting me in on the big secret, how to get through the syllabus: By not telling them how wonderful it all is.
- Submitted by Marion Cohen
In support of teachers around the world, what is a wonderful fact that your teacher has shared with you (instead of rushing through the syllabus)?
For me, it was seeing a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem when I was really young. I was amazed at how "it magically fit", and was surprised that there could be an equation like \( a^2 + b^2 = c^2 \).