Explore to Exploit


Representative Prior Work


In our work on PlanetMath we came up with several previews. Some of these may be concretely relevant.

Modelling the way mathematics is actually done

In this paper we talked about how mathematics is situated somewhere in between games and storytelling in its complexity.

We aim for short correlated sprints as opposed to random behaviour

“Two people working together 4 hours a week for two weeks” is an approximate unit of work. Once we have amassed a few outputs from this kind of effort, we will have some evidence of the kinds of things that we can realistically achieve.

Customer development

“Users” and “customers” will come from expanding our little community.

Zans: If I implemented as I read things, it would be a pretty interesting blog. There could be a huge market of people interested in following this, this would give a pool of people who know who we are. This is a nice goal b/c it doesn’t focus on the product… but it’s a deliverable, made up of smaller deliverables, and a concrete benefit.


So, let’s have a blog, and say, roughly speaking we will try to develop a curriculum through the blog. This gives us a starting point in terms of resources. People might interject in ways that aren’t exactly a curriculum. But we would later see how things can be ordered.

  • Rouseau: amour-propre / amor du sois
  • Record discussions, post on a YouTube channel
  • Try to record and share conversations, but don’t constrain things to come out in a purely structured curriculum.

Hypothetical conversation: In my next post I want to integrate something that I learned from you about PL. I want to drive in the direction of synthesis, as hard as I know how to right now. This depends on everyone having free time to invest in this. Start a blog where we think about what’s the overlap in terms of learning?

A quandry

Note that hand-coding of a curriculum vs making a general framework that anyone can contribute to (e.g., to make their own curricula) are pretty different things. We will sort out this ambiguity later.


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