Our mascots Redditlady and Redditdog welcome you! Here at Math Vault, we create educational materials in higher mathematics through digital publishing.
We like to think of this as our own way of
democratizing the access to higher mathematics, although contributing in the creation of future mathematicians / technical scientists would be great too.
After all, that can only accelerate the progress of mathematical science!
Towards "Mathematical Enlightenment"
As math enthusiasts ourselves, we understand the joy and delight logical deduction and abstract problem-solving can provide as one discovers new mathematical knowledge and insight. It is this state of flow that we want to promote and bring about to this world.
Reversing the Trend
People in the field of higher mathematics often talk about reforming math education at the K-12 level, but we would rather flip it around and ask the following:
What are some major issues we face in the education of higher mathematics?
And this is what we've come up with...
The Issues As We See It...
The medium of communication is only efficient, when it can be made to closely match the native mental representation of the concept in question.
Bridging The Gap
Since we're playful by nature, we decided to take these issues into our own hands:
- Designing visually-sophisticated educational materials in higher mathematics, as if they are to be read by 3-year-old toddlers. Interactive features, rich media — you name it.
- Leveraging 21st-century web technologies to better communicate abstract math concepts and strategies, and enhance knowledge consolidation via unconventional cognitive devices.
- Promoting active, inquiry-based learning via the Socratic method — by deliberately replacing answers with questions, supplying proofs with strategies, and by encouraging guided free-thinking while staying focused on the same topic.
The Problem Method is, I am convinced, the way to teach everything. It teaches techniques and understanding, it teaches research and problem solving, it teaches the way nature taught us [...] before we invented teachers.