Mathochism, The Book?
Between a welcome increase in paid work, networking dos meant to bring me more paid work and dealing with personal health issues (which I’m still considering writing about), I realize I’ve been falling down on my blogging.
Okay — I’ll be honest: I’ve also been sulking about my geometry sabotage, even as I’ve realized taking a class on top of everything else would be exhausting.
However, I’ve come to a decision — I am going to try and turn Mathochism into a book. My decision is partly the result of encouragement from several kind and well-meaning people, including ones in math and at least one literary agent, and partly the result of my wanting to turn this experience into something deeper.
This means using what I’ve learned and done so far as a springboard for something broader. Mathochism the book would not be a faithful reproduction of Mathochism the blog. Parts of the blog would be in there, but probably not all.
True, I’m still half-way through this math quest, and there appears to be no end in sight for my college’s financial woes, but I have faith I will get to take the classes I need SOMEWHERE. Hopefully SOON.
In the meantime, I will use my ample leisure time (ha) setting up the research. So, this is a call for help. I am looking to talk to:
1) Women who, like me, have struggled with math phobia, whether they’ve overcome it or not.
2) Women who are majoring in math, or have degrees (from a BS on) in math, whether or not they went on to turn math into a career.
3) Women and men who teach math at the high school, college and grad school level.
4) Women and men who design math curricula, write math textbooks, design math tests and — yes — the dreaded word problems.
5) Women who are mathematicians, physicists, engineers or economists.
Tips about women in history who have contributed to math are also welcome, as are suggestions for talkative people who meet the above criteria.
I prefer to use full names, but will grant anonymity as needed. I just want to hear your math stories, and share your insight and experiences along with mine.
Can anyone out there help?
PS I will keep your contact info private should you contact me through this post, editing comments to remove e-mail addresses, etc. That’s one benefit of what I acknowledge is a deliberately draconian commenting policy.