James R Murphy began teaching mathematics using string figures to engage students who didn’t “like” math. Students in the eighties and string, made for an unconventional recipe for these great photographs by Robin Moore.
” It was a great deal of fun for the students to “goof off” in class and make interesting designs. What they didn’t count on was that it took dedicated effort and practice to become proficient at making figures. It took a focused exactitude in performing a series of complex steps. This is exactly what it takes to become proficient at math and science.”