Once upon a time, a handful of nerdy young lads better in higher mathematics than in technology decide to put the two topics into a mix. And lo and behold, the primordial soup of Math Vault was born!
From there onward, by combining the advent of digital publishing and mathematical typesetting, they release a gigantic horde
of cryptic math expressions into the Web.
Be the result horrible or fantastic, they stubbornly continue the pursuit of similar experimentations, in the hope of putting mathematics into the so-called 21-st century bandwagon.
From math modules, publications to animations and sci-fi tidbits, we strive to make higher mathematics more lively and dynamic.
As math enthusiasts ourselves, we understand the joy and delight logical deduction and abstract problem can provide. Deepening one's mathematical knowledge bring about a state of flow — a mental experience we want to bring forth to the world.
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People in the field of higher mathematics often talk about reforming mathematical education at the K-12 level. For us, we would rather turn that around and ask:
And after a bit of contemplation, this is we've come up with...
While proof-based mathematics might not be everyone's cup of tea,, that doesn't preclude its presentation from being all black-and-white and homogeneous in design either.
With the advent of technological revolution, world-class design is now easily accessible — sometimes even at a fraction of the cost than what it used to be just a few decades ago.
Ever tried describing a long equation verbally, but ended up with some fancy string of non-brain-friendly verbosity instead?
While some ideas in higher mathematics are better understood when expressed in natural language, there are also a lot more ideas that are better communicated through diagrams, images, slides or even animations. An efficient medium of communication is the key.
While higher math folks tend to find the phenomenon of blindly manipulating math symbols deplorable, in the pursuit of rigor and formalism, it's not unusual for some of them falling prey to the same symbolic game either.
To promote a resilient mathematical culture, a focus on intuitive representations, conceptual understanding and alternative approaches must be kept in check.
Since we're playful by nature, we decided to take these issues into our own hands:
Open a handful cans of worms in the higher mathematics scene through the injection of unconventional educational materials.
With new technologies and a bit of imagination, alternate representations of concepts can be created to further facilitate the learning process.
Promote the process and the way of life by which delightful learning and deep discovery occur.
From α, β, γ, δ all the way to ω, when science and art are all but combined, life is good!
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