NFAND Episode 57 - Bronislaw Czarnocha aka Dr. C, Professor of Mathematics
I’ve been thinking about Math lately. The course that we must all take and that many of us, later in young adult life think it’s useless, only it isn’t. In many ways it’s true, the saying, youth is wasted on the young. But I digress.
Dr. C is all heart-and-soul. I hope you catch that when you listen to his share in this episode 57. He’s from Poland and teaches mathematics at Hostos. For him, mathematics is about the “spirit of generalization.” He’s serious as hell and he makes sense. I say Hostos is lucky to have him.
This past week I went on the deep end of memory lane recalling how hard Math had been for me during my elementary and middle school days until I got to Algebra. Until then, I thought I was utterly incapable of understanding numbers, I suffered a lot because of it. And though that’s a different story, the realization that I wasn’t a dunce dawned on me when I took to Algebra and realized I understood numbers and counting from the experiential setting of being a dancer. Dancing in synchronicity with music is one of the fundamentals of learning the language of being a mover. So connecting what to me were disconnected worlds through the realm of movement, was a total aha moment. It was like, full contact between the invisible and physical world. When Dr. C spoke about aha moments and his students I had a smile from ear to ear.
Algebra. X, Y, Z, and variables. Just like life. We are all in it together, and so in the deep lane I thought what does “m.a.t.h.” stand for, and I came up with, Materialized Attention To Harmony.
Go count your blessings