Learning how to write mathematics

I was five or six, sitting at a school desk that was somewhere around the third row, middle column of the classroom. Colégio Santo Antônio, named after Saint Anthony of Padua, was an imposing red-brick edifice at downtown Ourinhos, a small city in the state of São Paulo, southeast of Brazil. It was a big school — enormous for a small kid.

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Mariana Lenharo

Mariana Lenharo

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Science and health journalist with a special interest in evidence-based medicine and epidemics. Columbia Journalism School alumna. mari.lenharo@gmail.com.