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Julie Wright

tutor, artist

Julie is a painter and an enthusiast for all things math. As the daughter of two Harvard math Ph.Ds, she developed a love for numbers at a young age through puzzles and games at home. Julie started tutoring calculus at age 16 and has enjoyed helping others master math, science, and test prep ever since. Julie graduated from Harvard in 2012 with a major in studio art and a minor in art history. She is now a New York City-based artist but continues to feed her passion for math by teaching students of all ages and inspiring them to share her love of problem-solving.

…a text I love to teach

“Against Joie de Vivre” by Phillip Lopate. I love helping students decipher his sarcasm in the first few pages. He vividly describes the way people flaunt their thirst for life in social settings, and his commentary encourages students to consider how they represent their lives to others.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

Muir Woods. Vegetation the size of skyscrapers and moss-coated roots make for the ultimate meditative space.

…something I can’t stop thinking about

How snails can grow a shell in the shape of the golden spiral. Some mathematicians say that the curve of the nautilus shell does not follow the golden ratio precisely enough, but I would like to give snails credit for being very good at approximating 1.618.