The essay below is my submission to the STSC Symposium, a monthly set-theme collaboration between STSC writers. The topic this month is Dinosaurs. When Jack Grealish was four he loved two things and two things only. They populated his whole existence in an on-off way: if football was on, dinosaurs were off and vice versa. Rarely did one bleed into the other, rarely did he manage to find eleven stegosaurus figures to line up on the living room floor against the formidable Premier League champions of dinosaur football: T. Rex United. As a rule it was either his obsession with dinosaurs or football that was running his life.
I took Keith Devlin's Mathematical Thinking course on Coursera and it was like a key to a whole new way of thinking about maths as sets and patterns, rather than as a random box of jumbled tools. There's always a right explanation somewhere out there for each person, but there is no single right explanation for everyone.
affirmative: maths and YouTube are made for each other?