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Book Details2019; 136 ppMSC: Primary 01
Living Proof provides a wealth of stories showing even accomplished mathematicians have failed exams and that even the most wellrespected members of the community have been told that they aren't cut out to be mathematicians. Sharing these stories can become an important part of someone else's story of resilience.
This book may be freely downloaded in PDF format.
Bulk orders of 10 copies or more are available at a discount. Please contact custserv@ams.org for information.
This book is published in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America. 
Table of Contents

cover

copyright page

Living Proof

Foreword

Preface

Contents

Part I Mathematics Just Suddenly Feels Hard!

1 In the Deep End in Algebra

2 The Road Less Traveled?

3 Help Will Always Be Given at Hogwarts to Those Who Ask for It

4 I Don’t Know What I’m Saying: Using Language as a Model for Embracing Mathematical Struggle

5 A Complex Conundrum

6 An Accidental Mathematician

7 Nowhere to Go But Up

8 Hitting the Wall

9 To Algebra or Not to Algebra

10 The Unnecessary Struggle of SelfMandated Isolation

11 The Struggle of Qualifying Exams

Part II Who Are These People? Do I Even Belong?

12 I Am a Black Mathematician

13 Cold, Austere, or Queer

14 A View of Mathematics from Behind the Veil

15 When You Are Told You Can’t: Do Just the Opposite

16 Look for the Helpers

17 Good, But Not on the Team

18 Othering and Such Climatic Joy Killers

19 Black, Female, … Bigger

20 Moving Beyond Affirmative Action for Men

21 Struggling with the Messaging of Mathematics

22 The Harassment Is Real

23 Sustaining Through Mathematics

Part III Can I Really Do This? How Do I Muster Through?

24 Good Things Come to Those Who Shower

25 Winning by Impression

26 A Walk in the Park Isn’t Always a Walk in the Park

27 Just Don’t Bomb the GRE

28 Sometimes When Your Hopes Have All Been Shattered

29 The Compassion Is LifeChanging

30 A Close Call: How a Near Failure Propelled Me to Succeed

31 Oh My Darlin’ Clementine

32 A Dream Almost Deferred

Part IV What Do I Do Now? What Happens Next?

33 Mathematics, Beauty, and Creativity: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mathematics

34 Five Dollars

35 Am I “Good Enough’’?

36 My Journey from Slippery Rock to Duluth

37 Failure By the Numbers

38 How I Learned to Research Like the Incredible Hulk (or I’m Always Angry)

39 Anxiety Attacked Me, But I Survived

It’s Like a Jungle Sometimes, It Makes Me Wonder How I Keep From Going Under

41 Should I Quit Mathematics?


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... I tell you that this is a book filled with stories of love. It is, of course, more than that. It is a book about resilience, struggle, persistence, obstacles, grit, barriers, determination, failure, success, and so many other things. But at its core, I see the common theme of love. I read these as stories of people who love mathematics so much that they have endured heartbreaking struggle within systems that are built to keep them out. They have overcome obstacles that many of us can only imagine, just for the privilege to do math. These are also stories of people who helped them to succeed, through large and small acts of kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness; in other words: love. And this is why I think you should read this book.
Keri SatherWagstaff (Clemson University), MathSciNet 
Wow! This is a powerful book that addresses a longstanding elephant in the mathematics room. Many people learning math ask “Why is math so hard for me while everyone else understands it?” and “Am I good enough to succeed in math?” In answering these questions the book shares personal stories from many nowaccomplished mathematicians affirming that “You are not alone; math is hard for everyone” and “Yes; you are good enough.” Along the way the book addresses other issues such as biases and prejudices that mathematicians encounter, and it provides inspiration and emotional support for mathematicians ranging from the experienced professor to the struggling mathematics student.
Michael Dorff, MAA President 
This book is a remarkable collection of personal reflections on what it means to be, and to become, a mathematician. Each story reveals a unique and refreshing understanding of the barriers erected by our cultural focus on “math is hard.” Indeed, mathematics is hard, and so are many other things—as Stephen Kennedy points out in his cogent introduction. This collection of essays offers inspiration to students of mathematics and to mathematicians at every career stage.
Jill Pipher, AMS President


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Living Proof provides a wealth of stories showing even accomplished mathematicians have failed exams and that even the most wellrespected members of the community have been told that they aren't cut out to be mathematicians. Sharing these stories can become an important part of someone else's story of resilience.
This book may be freely downloaded in PDF format.
Bulk orders of 10 copies or more are available at a discount. Please contact custserv@ams.org for information.

cover

copyright page

Living Proof

Foreword

Preface

Contents

Part I Mathematics Just Suddenly Feels Hard!

1 In the Deep End in Algebra

2 The Road Less Traveled?

3 Help Will Always Be Given at Hogwarts to Those Who Ask for It

4 I Don’t Know What I’m Saying: Using Language as a Model for Embracing Mathematical Struggle

5 A Complex Conundrum

6 An Accidental Mathematician

7 Nowhere to Go But Up

8 Hitting the Wall

9 To Algebra or Not to Algebra

10 The Unnecessary Struggle of SelfMandated Isolation

11 The Struggle of Qualifying Exams

Part II Who Are These People? Do I Even Belong?

12 I Am a Black Mathematician

13 Cold, Austere, or Queer

14 A View of Mathematics from Behind the Veil

15 When You Are Told You Can’t: Do Just the Opposite

16 Look for the Helpers

17 Good, But Not on the Team

18 Othering and Such Climatic Joy Killers

19 Black, Female, … Bigger

20 Moving Beyond Affirmative Action for Men

21 Struggling with the Messaging of Mathematics

22 The Harassment Is Real

23 Sustaining Through Mathematics

Part III Can I Really Do This? How Do I Muster Through?

24 Good Things Come to Those Who Shower

25 Winning by Impression

26 A Walk in the Park Isn’t Always a Walk in the Park

27 Just Don’t Bomb the GRE

28 Sometimes When Your Hopes Have All Been Shattered

29 The Compassion Is LifeChanging

30 A Close Call: How a Near Failure Propelled Me to Succeed

31 Oh My Darlin’ Clementine

32 A Dream Almost Deferred

Part IV What Do I Do Now? What Happens Next?

33 Mathematics, Beauty, and Creativity: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mathematics

34 Five Dollars

35 Am I “Good Enough’’?

36 My Journey from Slippery Rock to Duluth

37 Failure By the Numbers

38 How I Learned to Research Like the Incredible Hulk (or I’m Always Angry)

39 Anxiety Attacked Me, But I Survived

It’s Like a Jungle Sometimes, It Makes Me Wonder How I Keep From Going Under

41 Should I Quit Mathematics?

... I tell you that this is a book filled with stories of love. It is, of course, more than that. It is a book about resilience, struggle, persistence, obstacles, grit, barriers, determination, failure, success, and so many other things. But at its core, I see the common theme of love. I read these as stories of people who love mathematics so much that they have endured heartbreaking struggle within systems that are built to keep them out. They have overcome obstacles that many of us can only imagine, just for the privilege to do math. These are also stories of people who helped them to succeed, through large and small acts of kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness; in other words: love. And this is why I think you should read this book.
Keri SatherWagstaff (Clemson University), MathSciNet 
Wow! This is a powerful book that addresses a longstanding elephant in the mathematics room. Many people learning math ask “Why is math so hard for me while everyone else understands it?” and “Am I good enough to succeed in math?” In answering these questions the book shares personal stories from many nowaccomplished mathematicians affirming that “You are not alone; math is hard for everyone” and “Yes; you are good enough.” Along the way the book addresses other issues such as biases and prejudices that mathematicians encounter, and it provides inspiration and emotional support for mathematicians ranging from the experienced professor to the struggling mathematics student.
Michael Dorff, MAA President 
This book is a remarkable collection of personal reflections on what it means to be, and to become, a mathematician. Each story reveals a unique and refreshing understanding of the barriers erected by our cultural focus on “math is hard.” Indeed, mathematics is hard, and so are many other things—as Stephen Kennedy points out in his cogent introduction. This collection of essays offers inspiration to students of mathematics and to mathematicians at every career stage.
Jill Pipher, AMS President