“Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere.” —Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
Sometimes when I’m doing math with my kids on weekday mornings I forget what’s going in the world because the sheer beauty of mathematics overwhelms me. Mathematics itself, whether we understand it or not, is beyond time, outside of human troubles, untouched by opinion. If I’m able to go for a walk later, the world looks brighter on those days, more complex and intricate and waiting for humans to see ourselves again as part of it.
My kids do not share my devotion.