"[N]umbers (and all mathematical ideas, for that matter) have lives of their own. We can’t control them. Even though they exist in our minds, once we decide what we mean by them we have no say in how they behave. They obey certain laws and have certain properties, personalities, and ways of combining with one another, and there’s nothing we can do about it except watch and try to understand. In that sense they are eerily reminiscent of atoms and stars, the things of this world, which are likewise subject to laws beyond our control … except that those things exist outside our heads."
Steven Strogatz, 2010
A section from the 1st of a 15-part New York Times series, The Elements of Math: Beginning with a column on why numbers are helpful, he goes on to investigate topics including negative numbers, calculus and group theory, finishing with the mysteries of infinity.
Finally. The future has been taking it’s slow ass time to get here.
So I know that the idea of everything-is-a-screen is old news, but what I’m excited to see is the interface they built. I love the signing in by putting my phone down (and not pushing phone buttons to activate), gestures like ‘sweeping’ away articles and ‘turning’ articles to share. Can’t wait to design interactions that happen everywhere in our environment. Like, why am I sitting at a desk to write this?
Also NYT has an R&D Lab?! Jealous.
article found via @Esquiremag, @theatlanticwire