STOR­IZEN IN­TER­VIEW

David Darling & Ag­nijo Ban­er­jee

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - - by Swapna Peri

When did you re­al­ize this magic and mystery in the world of Maths? I re­al­ized the wonder in math­e­mat­ics from a very early age. Ever since early pri­mary school I have re­al­ized that math­e­mat­ics seems to come nat­u­rally to me and I was a huge fan of Ian Ste­wart's books on math­e­mat­ics (in­deed, it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to find out that my child­hood idol had en­dorsed Weird Maths). What did want to tell the world through this book? There are sev­eral things that I wanted to tell the world with this book. One is that math­e­mat­ics goes far be­yond what you learn in school, with many in­ter­est­ing top­ics that most peo­ple never hear of, and an­other is that one should not be afraid of maths, like peo­ple of­ten are and like how maths is of­ten de­picted. What kind of re­search have you done while writ­ing? I did quite a lot of re­search, some on­line and some from read­ing maths books. Mostly I had to en­sure that all of the math­e­mat­i­cal facts were cor­rect and there were no er­rors in­tro­duced when the ex­pla­na­tions were sim­pli­fied.

What made you choose David as a co-au­thor? I had first met David as a tu­tor when school maths was no longer chal­leng­ing enough. We soon ended up dis­cussing var­i­ous top­ics in depth and then we de­cided to set up a maths web­site. Af­ter that, we de­cided to write our book. While co-au­thor­ing, did you have in­tel­lec­tual de­bates and ar­gu­ments? How did they help you? We had many in­tel­lec­tual dis­cus­sions and de­bates while writ­ing, which helped a lot. One of the main is­sues was en­sur­ing that the ex­pla­na­tions given were un­der­stand­able to the in­tended au­di­ence, and we had to have these dis­cus­sions in or­der to gen­er­ate some ex­pla­na­tion that was both sim­ple enough and with­out any er­rors.

What was your first re­ac­tion when Ag­nijo came up with the idea of the book?

The idea for the book was mine. I first sug­gested it to Ag­nijo when he was about 15 and he was very en­thu­si­as­tic.

The idea for the book was mine. I first sug­gested it to Ag­nijo when he was about 15 and he was very en­thu­si­as­tic.

We cer­tainly hope so. Our goal from the out­set was to show the lay reader that not only is maths fun but that it pen­e­trates ev­ery as­pect of our lives, from ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions to the most pro­found as­pects of na­ture.

We cer­tainly hope so. Our goal from the out­set was to show the lay reader that not only is maths fun but that it pen­e­trates ev­ery as­pect of our lives, from ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions to the most pro­found as­pects of na­ture.

We cer­tainly hope so. Our goal from the out­set was to show the lay reader that not only is maths fun but that it pen­e­trates ev­ery as­pect of our lives, from ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions to the most pro­found as­pects of na­ture.

Did this young prodigy, Ag­nijo, in­flu­ence you with his en­thu­si­asm?

Did this young prodigy, Ag­nijo, in­flu­ence you with his en­thu­si­asm?

Did this young prodigy, Ag­nijo, in­flu­ence you with his en­thu­si­asm?

Ev­ery­one – both those who are al­ready en­thu­si­as­tic and knowl­edge­able about maths and those who want to learn about how ex­cit­ing and im­por­tant maths can be.

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