MathPath exists to fuel the appetites of budding young mathematicians,
and to foster the development of healthy, and often lasting,
Electronic games, whether on cell phones or computers, are absolutely
not part of the MathPath experience. Campers who are used to playing
such games on a regular basis can learn at MathPath, by going cold
turkey, that a period of assisted self-control can break many a bad
habit! It simply makes no sense to not take advantage of the abundant
opportunities afforded by the proximity of, and the possibility of
relating to, so many other bright young people while MathPath lasts.
There are plenty of interactive games that can be played at MathPath
in which the interaction is with other human beings. Chess, SET, table
tennis, pool, ultimate frisbee, soccer, dots and boxes, basketball,
swimming, a variety of card games, pickle ball, tennis.... These are
some of the activities that have traditionally been a big part of
recreational time at MathPath.
Many campers find themselves embroiled in mathematical discussion in
the evening, either over one of the problems posed during lectures or
break-out sessions, or even spontaneously with a fellow camper who
loves to exchange mathematical ideas.
In the same vein, although we have had campers who indulge a habit of
lighter reading, perhaps just before going to bed, we encourage the
reading of mathematics when reading is the chosen activity. The
university library will be open to us for the month to allow campers
to explore the unpredictable, and often delightful, experience of
pulling an interesting-looking book off a shelf and giving oneself a
chance to be swept away.
We know that those who take away the fullest experience
from a month at MathPath are those who every day make a consistent
effort to allow themselves the fullest possible benefit. It should be
self-evident why the playing of electronic games is, by definition,