find the value of pi -- starts 3 point 1 4 1 5 9.
A good ol’ fraction you may hope to divine, but the decimal never dies ....”
-- from Larry Lesser’s “American Pi”
photo © 1999 Lauren Davis
Lesser performs during the
keynote presentation for a district-wide in-service for
ABOUT THE MATHEMUSICIAN: To support his mission in increasing awareness and motivation in mathematics/statistics, Professor Lesser has tapped and merges two of his great loves – math and music. An award-winning songwriter (in general songwriting contests as well as in education songwriting contests), his thoughtful and entertaining math songs have attracted international media coverage (including Australia’s largest newspaper and newstalk radio interviews from El Paso to Jamaica!) and led to plenary presentations for national audiences ranging from mathematics teachers (e.g., an SRO audience of 800+ at the opening plenary of the 2009 NCTM regional conference in Nashville) to mathematicians (e.g., the opening banquet at the 2008 MAA summer meeting) to statisticians (e.g., the 2013 USCOTS banquet).
Lesser’s use of math-and-music demonstrations in K-12 outreach has appeared on TV (KCOS-TV, KFOX-TV) and in journals (e.g., EJSME). Lesser has internationally published over 50 math/stat lyrics as well as the first juried comprehensive articles (in May 2000 Mathematics Teacher and Autumn 2001 Teaching Statistics) on using songs in mathematics/statistics class. As the Mathemusician (some say “the Weird Al Yankovic of mathematics/statistics education”), Lesser incorporates guitar in his interactive classes and keynotes, facilitating explorations and performing raps and parodies, creatively adapting popular lyrics towards content such as infinity, pi, problem solving, graphing functions, as well as even more worldly applications such as understanding the lottery! for more detail about his math-and-music activity, click here
LESSER’S OVERALL “PROFESSOR BIO”: see paragraph at end of http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/