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CHAPTER 30 Math as a Magical Subject John Mighton “Bradd [Hart, Deputy Director of Fields] saw the potential of the [JUMP Math] program and offered to incubate JUMP by giving us free office space and technical support. Since then, JUMP has trained hundreds of parents and teachers at the Fields and has held many talks and conferences on the site. The program now reaches over 150,000 students in Canada and is expanding in the United States, Europe, and South America.” When I was a child I read a story about two children who (somehow) used a Möbius strip to travel in time. Because I had spent a good deal of my childhood reading stories of this sort, I remember thinking that it might actually be possible to do that kind of thing with a Möbius strip. I thought of math as a magical subject that could give anyone who was lucky enough to understand its subtleties the power to manipulate space and time and to penetrate the deepest mysteries of the universe. At school, however, I often found those subtleties hard to understand, and, after I almost failed first year calculus