This blog is about the things I like. It’s also about the things I can’t do. I hope that the juxtaposition here – polished, thoughtful writing alongside art that my wife (charitably) likens to “the average 6th grader” – captures the contradictory state of the teacher, of the mathematician – and, what the hell, of the human. We are all simultaneously experts and beginners, flaunting our talents while trying to cover our shortcomings the way an animal hides a wound. You could call this a “math blog,” or a “teaching blog,” but I would call it a blog about owning up to weakness and drawing strength from successes, however transient or trivial they may seem.
Other facts: I graduated from Yale in 2009, with a B.A. in Math and Psychology. I became a teacher in Oakland, where I’ve taught Calculus, Statistics, Precalculus, Trigonometry, Geometry, Psychology, Biology, English, SAT Prep, and even, in a dubious feat of strange scheduling, Earth Science. I’m currently taking a year off from teaching to tutor and write. (Let me know if you’re looking for a math tutor in Oakland/Berkeley!)
To email me, just use my name (Ben Orlin, by the way) at gmail. Or follow me on Twitter (#mathwithbadhashtags). I love to hear from readers, whether you stumbled here accidentally or are my college roommate Michael Wayne. (Hey, Michael Wayne!)