While ideas are undoubtedly more important than mere notations, the power of a good notation cannot be over-stated. As an example of this, in the mid-1980's a notation was developed for juggling tricks. It was found when using this notation that there were hitherto unexpected connections between existing tricks, and emerging patterns in the notation suggested the existence of new, previously unknown tricks. These in turn led to new ways of thinking about, teaching, and learning existing tricks, as well as providing new material on which to build.
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Dr Colin Wright
Dr Colin Wright is co-founder of Solipsys Limited. He acheived a Phd from the University of Cambridge in Combinatorics and Graph Theory, which are areas of Mathematics.
Dr Wright is former President for the Liverpool Mathematical Soceity.