Someone once asked "Why do we need math anyway?"

I assumed it was a cry of frustration, a rhetorical question, but I answered anyway:

We need math because it's human nature to observe, organize, categorize, sort, compare, contrast, combine, separate, and otherwise monkey around with everything we come in contact with. Math is the language with which we communicate such things.

Some things I've posted in various forums:

Is math all memorization and drill?

Playing With Math

Street Corner Math

Unschooling Math: What is Real Math?

Playing With Concepts

Math Without Worksheets?

**Links to cool math stuff:**

- Math and Music
- The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
- Mathematics of Ancient Greece
- History of Algebra and Computing is one of the coolest math websites I've ever seen!
- Biographies of Women Mathematicians
- Cornell Theory Center Math and Science Gateway has lots of great links, very cool.
- Monster Math has basic math practice problems, with monsters that can talk.
- Gallery of Interactive Online Geometry Wow! There is a huge amount of information about the actual math- or you can just play with the pictures. I had a great time changing things to random numbers to see what happened.
- Edmark's Mighty Math Club has demos, games, and new activities every month.
- The Family Math homepage, by the people who wrote the book of the same name. You can sign up to get their e-mail newsletter, or back issues.
- The World of Escher includes an Escher Art Gallery.
- Fractal Pictures and Animations has hundreds of really stunning color pictures.
- The Mathsoft Math Puzzle Page
- Clever Games for Clever People
- Abacus Page , interactive.
- Go Math is a large math site, somewhat school oriented.
- Illusion Works: A Sensory Adventure
- Math Share Shop , a place to share ideas and questions about math.
- The Numeracy Homepage

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