A prevalent theme of much of popular mathematical exposition and debates about mathematics education concerns how to interest a wider population in matters mathematical. For the most part I feel that essays that try to present the “beauty” of mathematics are doomed to failure, as are most discussions of esthetics. The underlying goal of such writing is a legitimate and laudable attempt to show the appeal of math. But I fear it succeeds only with those already converted. So is there another way?

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