Well here it is – I know you’ve all been waiting for this; the Leeds Maths Tuition monthly review for November 2016. It’s been a good month – nothing special but I’ve been having quite a bit of fun. For a start I had to relearn how to solve my Rubik’s Cube – it’s about ten years since I first figured out how to solve the cube and it’s about three years since I last actually bothered to solve it so unsurprisingly I forgot how to do it. Actually it wasn’t all that bad having to re-learn – I really only had to figure out a little bit and then I was away – good old muscle memory!

I’ve also been playing around with my Japanese abacus (soroban) – this also inspired me to learn more about Japanese mathematics so I’ve done a short review of a book called ‘The History of Japanese Mathematics’ by David Eugene Smith; I’ll leave you to guess what it’s about. I mentioned my soroban in last month’s video when I’d dug it out and blown off the cobwebs – I’m really starting to get into it and it’s also got me onto something called Flash Anzan which is a technique for doing mental arithmetic. I’ve started to look into this technique for doing mental arithmetic – it seems to be quite popular in Japan (at least to the point where they have national Flash Anzan championships) but I think it would be really difficult to make it in any way mainstream in the UK.

Well I don’t want to give too much away about what’s in the video – just watch it if you really want to know. There’s nothing in it that will really help you with your studies – that comes in some of my other videos – but it’s just me getting a few things off my chest. I’ll be doing another video next month and who knows what I’ll be talking about. I bet you can’t wait!

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