Paul Trow's Math Page

Mathematics is a beautiful subject, but its beauty is often hidden behind a haze of symbols and formulas. Many of the fundamental ideas of mathematics are best explained by words and pictures, which can be understood by anyone with a basic mathematical education (say, a semester of calculus). While symbols are a necessary part of mathematics, they are just a shorthand for ideas that must first be learned through language and visual intuition. The equation 1 + 1 = 2 is meaningless until the concept of addition is explained in words.

My goal in this page is to make mathematical ideas understandable to anyone who is interested in the subject, through aricles and interactive web pages aimed at a general audience.


Interactive Web Pages

Algebra / Arithmetic


Calculus / Differential Equations

Dynamical Systems