Jeremy Côté

Bits, ink, particles, and words.

The Art of Explanation

I’ve enjoyed science and mathematics for a long time. I love the feeling of understanding a concept through its fundamental constituents. It feels like you’re getting at something deep, unavailable to those who just look over the topic with a cursory glance. In a sense, learning about science and mathematics has helped me learn how to think.

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Pedagogical Proofs

I love proofs in mathematics. Getting to the heart of why something is true is a ton of fun. It’s even better when there is a nice and simple proof of a fact that is surprising. These are the proofs that I love the most, because they solve a mystery in a way that is easy to follow and makes sense the whole way.

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Narrow Paths and Open Forests

Imagine you’re walking through a forest for the first time. This forest has trails, so you follow one of them. Since the forest is unfamiliar to you, the only thing you have in mind for your walk is the destination. You know that if you follow the path correctly, you will get to where you were hoping to go when you checked the map at the welcome station.

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Liking Without Doing

When I find an activity that I enjoy, I have a tendency to think I should immediately do it. After all, how can I claim to like something if I don’t do it? Even if I have a lot on my plate, I feel like the only way to say I like an activity is to do it.

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