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The Calculus of Friendship--Two Videos

Time for a video. A short presentation that is meant to entice...and it does.

Steve Strogatz, mathematician at Cornell University, discusses his friendship and correspondence with his high school mathematics teacher. For thirty years!

The video The Calculus of Friendship, is touching, whether you are a student or a teacher. The underlying message is that both students and teachers impact each other, in ways we are all too busy to continue...enjoy...or even admit.

If you like the video, I strongly suggest you read the associated book The Calculus of Friendship: What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life While Corresponding about Math.

The few comments regarding the video are insighful and touching. Consider this one: "Wow, this is so sweet. I had a teacher who changed my life in so many ways & she doesn't even know. I still think about her & all the kindness she showed me when no one else knew I existed. Made life easier than it would have been had I never walked into that class."

And finally, the publisher's website includes an interesting video interview of the author Steven Strogatz by actor Alan Alda.