mathematics is beautiful (#1)

I’ve been asserting that [the field of] statistics is beautiful, in this series of infographics.  Today’s graphic is about the beauty of mathematics and the beauty that can be found therein.  The final quotation comes from this essay, and may be a central idea that guides me over my academic journey. How does one teach from an aesthetic point of view? I can imagine this in a Montessori classroom, but it is harder for me to visualize in a college or university lecture hall.  There is much here for me to reflect on.

why-math-is-beautiful.png

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What a workweek!  Last week I got a new project assignment, and have spent most of the weekend, workdays, and worknights crafting a slide deck for a software pitch, including making lots of graphics.  So these statistics infographics I’d been making every day — suddenly I had no creative energy left in my body, heart, and mind.

Tonight’s offering is, instead of a stats graphic, a chronic illness graphic. You can be equipped with better words, instead of saying frustrating or offensive things to a friend who has a disability, a chronic condition, an invisible illness.

say-this-not-that.png

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statistics is beautiful!

This was actually the first infographic I played with. I’m not really happy with how the little included graphics show up, but I’ll play with those some more later. So here’s “Statistics is Beautiful #2” – Which test should I choose?

choosing-a-test

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statistics is beautiful!

My first semester as a graduate student in mathematics has ended; I took my final exams yesterday and today.  While reviewing for these, I played with an infographic tool to make pretty study materials.  Over my break, I’ll try to put together a few more of these.  Meanwhile, here’s “Statistics is Beautiful #1” – Hypothesis Testing.

hypothesis-test

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you know you have IC/PBS when…

Yesterday I had a stomach bug, so between waking up at 4am and going to bed at 9pm, I drank one 16-ounce bottle of ginger ale… and nothing more. I hoped this wasn’t going to send my bladder into spasm, because I normally drink a full glass of water each hour between breakfast and supper. Alas, it did cause a Painful Bladder Day, so to keep the mood light, I’ve been playing with this list throughout the day.

  1. You never go anywhere without an extra pad. Or ten.
  2. A colleague raises an eyebrow when you excuse yourself from a meeting for a bio-break.
  3. For the third time.
  4. In an hour.
  5. You get really good at not doing The Peepee Dance.
  6. Or you’ve had so much experience that you add artistic flourishes to your Peepee Dance, rendering it unrecognizable as such.
  7. Your underpants drawer has Nice Panties, Period Panties, and orange Pyridium Panties.
  8. For that matter, you buy all your towels and sheets in shades of orange.
  9. You never go more than 10 minutes without drinking some water.
  10. You keep your urology office’s number on speed dial.
  11. You can’t remember the last time you had OJ.
  12. You keep strategic stashes of towels. And wipes. And extra pads.
  13. You never ever let your pyridium run out. Or your prelief.
  14. You have expert knowledge on the acidity of foods and beverages.
  15. Your urologist’s nurses recognize you and call you by name.
  16. You reflect nostalgically on the days when you could eat Mexican food.
  17. You throw out all your pantyhose and leggings.
  18. ….

So what have I missed?  Let me know in the comments (or on social media)!