Okay, so I lie. Let's face it...math and I have never been friends. It's probably because of my basic mathematical ineptitude that I didn't pursue science professionally in the first place. But that doesn't stop me from being fascinated by math, by the way it is as much a language to those who understand it as English or Chinese. And it's physically beautiful, and I can prove it. While I was in New York City, I actually had a reunion with classmates from elementary school. These are people I was in class with between the ages of 8 and 15. Some of these people I hadn't seen in nearly 40 years....a petrifying thought. But we had a great time telling each other about our lives, and all my friends have gone on to do fascinating things. One, George Hart, became a mathematician, but not only a mathematician. He is a sculptor as well and considers himself an applied mathematician. He has pieces on display all over the world. Do take a look at his work here.
And if that isn't enough, his daughter, Vi Hart, has become a sort of mathematical rock star. Her work is all about finding ways to make math accessible and fun. It definitely works for me. Check this out. It's mesmerising.