Comics about mathematics, science, and the student life.


Top left panel: Teacher to the student, holding a box labeled "Year One": "Here's your first set of math tools." "Thanks." Top right panel: New teacher, holding a box labeled "Year Two": "Here's the next set." "Uh, thanks?" The first box is already at the student's feet. Bottom left panel: The boxes are now piled on top of each other, and the student wonders, "Uh, will we start learning how to use these-" The next teacher cuts in, "More tools!" She carries a new box. Bottom right panel, after a few more years: Another teacher arrives with more tools, saying, "Don't you love new tools?" The student, buried under a pile of boxes with too many tools, says, "Help!"

Professors always say that learning mathematics is all about, “adding new tools to your toolbox”. The problem is that they may be a little too enthusiastic about it. I sometimes need a teacher to come in and say, “Let’s take some time to organize and understand your tools.” If only!