Warning: The essay is 25 pages long. This is an interesting essay. I'm not sure I agree with him entirely, but he makes some fantastic points. Anybody have any thoughts? http://www.maa.org/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf

I only skimmed the paper, but from what I read I disagree with the author. I do not think that math is an art. I do not think that we can make things into what we want them to be. And I do not believe that mathematicians are makers of patterns. He may have some good ideas but for me 3 strikes and you're out.

I've only read the first five pages, but so far I am really enjoying it. I think a huge part of Mathematics is the patterns... those are the things that get me excited about Math... I thought it was so cool when I saw the proof that his triangle takes up half the box... could I have proven that with a trigonometric theorem? Yes, but how cool is it to just cut that triangle in two! As someone who may end up as a Math Mentor in two elementary schools next year, this article intrigues me.