
Re: MathTeachers?
Posted:
Mar 27, 2013 1:14 PM



On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM, Joe Niederberger <niederberger@comcast.net>wrote:
> GSC says: > >"... the greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to > understand the exponential function"  > > >This 'shortcoming' seems to have been something 'genetically inbuilt in > our psyche. How than to bring home to students the overwhelming importance > of this function? > > Actually, some people think our inborn number sense is logarithmic, and > when we learn to count we are sort of working against that bias. > > Cheers, > Joe N >
This is where someone needs (is obliged to) mention music and logs and the fact that the eight notes of the octave represent a doubling then another doubling (of frequency).
http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/teachers/pierrelacoste/2010/11/05/musicandlogarithms/ (see The Big Picture)
This was also the topic of Sir Roger spoke about at our Oregon Math Summit in 1997 as I recall. He was mapping the scale to e to the i theta in some way.
http://www.grunch.net/synergetics/mathsummit.html (goes into more detail about what he talked about)
Kirby

