In Liquid and Air, Scientists Find Order Among the Chaos – NYTimes.com

Putting themselves in Roamer’s “shoes”: we ask students to see a math idea through Roamer’s eyes–this means they become a Euclidean point traveling through space. This enables them to get physical, geometric intuitions about formerly abstract mathematical ideas.

Why would the intuitions this provides be important? Here’s an example from the NYT Article on predicting current flows in the ocean

To find the structures, scientists must track flow, not by watching it go by but from the perspective of the droplets of water or molecules of air moving in it. “It’s like being a surfer,” Dr. Campbell said. “You want to catch the wave and move with the wave.”