Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Mathematics of Metaphore: x = y

I have routinely and successfully used metaphor in teaching mathematics especially when describing how the brain works. Every once in a while I find a student who resists: "Why are you talking about learning to keep your balance on a bicycle? I thought we were talking about studying for the chapter 5 test?"

I found the following video, newly added to the TED.com repertoire. James Geary is amusing as he describes the importance of metaphor in human thought.



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