Saturday, January 21, 2012

Little Aristotles and the Isoperimetric Theorem

Stacy Transancos has a lovely new piece up on her blog "Accepting Abundance", entitled "Little Aristotles".

Her little Aristotle can, in a couple of years, move up to a proof of the isoperimetric theorem.

Mom can take some pennies, and a length of string.

Mom can ask her little Aristotle to find a way to enclose the most pennies inside the string.

Won't take long for the little Aristotle to have proven the isoperimetric theorem in a physical way that the mere memorization of a mathematical formula could never do.

Then- and I would argue only then- will little Aristotle be properly prepared to tackle, later on, the formal proof of what she has already obtained, on her own, as a matter of true knowledge.

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