Anatomy and Art

a blog by Sara Egner

“Math Is Not Linear”

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Sometimes I let myself diverge here into matters generally scientific or mathematical, rather than outright anatomical because I feel these topics are all related, especially with regard to teaching.  Well, Alison Blank has created a wonderful flash project conveying the non-linear nature of math, specifically the matter of learning/ teaching math to students.

If you take the time to explore the piece, you’ll find that you can either click through and be lead from one point to another, or you can simply zoom in and out at your own accord and let your mind wander the topic freely.  The medium itself becomes a fantastic exercise in the point itself, that math does not have to be taught linearly.  I would say that the same principles hold true with regard to many fields of learning, anatomy and health being no exceptions.

Where there is often frustration diving into such fields, because inevitably those first lessons come without the benefit of understanding related topics, this piece embraces those relationships between ideas and presents a more circular approach to them.  It’s really a quite thoughtful, creative, and artistic expression of math and how it can be taught.

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April 23rd, 2010 at 1:38 pm

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