Best Defense Against a Math Attack

Patrick Jones

If math is your enemy, Patrick Jones is your best friend. Whether it’s long division or LaGrange multipliers you’re battling at 2am on your last energy drink, Jones is there for you, wielding a Sharpie that can slice through the thickest of brain fogs. The local math tutor’s website houses hundreds of short, simple videos covering algebra, calculus, trig, statistics, and more, each featuring the affable Jones and his singular talent for demystifying the numbers to reveal the math behind the curtain. On a Facebook fan page in his honor, grateful students and teachers as far away as the Netherlands, Turkey, and South Africa profess their adoration, proclaim his god-like qualities, and wish to make him cakes. The page’s founder says Jones is the reason he passed Calculus II in college. “There were no pages in his honor,” he writes, “so I made one.” There were no “Best of” tributes, either, we realized – so we made one.