Mathematics has its lighter side. I believe humans have always thought, puzzled, joked and explored ideas … especially those that are important to them.

Mathematics also provides rich pickings for cartoonists. I decided to feature a cartoon produced by a fellow Australian that ‘went viral’ about ten years ago. Wade Clarke is a Sydney-based musician, visual artist, game author and writer who deserves recognition for his major contribution to mathematical humour!

Let me encourage you to ‘go exploring’ on the Internet and in libraries for mathematical puzzles of the kind listed here. Such things add much to ‘mathematical culture!’

Logic and Lateral Thinking | |

Games and Strategies | |

Parity | |

Chess | |

False Proofs | |

Codes | |

Puzzles and Humour |

I had the privilege of being one of Graeme’s students in 2005. As a creatively minded individual I struggled greatly with Mathematics and was falling behind in my HSC studies. Under his careful and creative tutelage I began to truly understand Mathematics for the first time in my life. Graeme patiently taught me to master mathematical concepts in ways I could understand. In the week intensive I spent with him he taught me the entire HSC course, and I went on to receive a Band 6. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Roxanne G (student, 2005)

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