Math is the only subject I ever had to “talk” over with my mother. She’s always encouraging me to do well on my exams, but every time I tell her about a new problem or have a discussion, it’s always with what I learned in class. I always say, “So? I already know everything about math.” to which she replies, “Well, you never learn anything.
The first time I told her I was serious about math, she just said, “Well I know what kind of math you are talking about, actually.
I asked her if she thought I was serious about math, and she just said, I don’t know. I tried to tell her I was serious about algebra, and she just asked me why I was looking at the answers on an old test I took in Grade Three. She was right; I was looking at the answers, that’s what I was doing. I was still looking at the answers when she sat down next to me and started reading the book.
Did you know that in many countries today, the English are being taught a version of calculus that is completely different from what they are used to? It’s called “derivatives.” The thing is, derivatives are just special cases of differentiation, and you can’t do calculus with derivative. There is only one way to differentiate a function of one variable and it is the “chain rule.
If you want to learn about math you can go to the math section of that book and read, for starters, the book’s math book page and download it. It’s really easy to read, and has a great read count of 90 hours. There’s a lot of math out there, and not everyone can read it. But it’s got a lot of cool things to say.
The only thing that makes this more or less a fun story is when we first start talking about mathematics. It’s a fact that most people start with a different approach to mathematics in their life, and only then can they seriously start thinking about it. For example, if you’re reading a book with a thousand-year-old subject, you can’t really read it.
This is an entertaining story, but I think the biggest part of it is the fact that when you read a book that you cant really read it, you will end up with an incomplete picture of what went on, and then you can just read it and see what it is that you cant really read.
I just don’t think that there’s any place for a more sophisticated approach for reading.
I agree, this is a good point. I think we have to be careful that it is just as sophisticated a reading as possible, in order to not miss out on the most important stuff. But I think that this is the way that people read, and a better approach would be to not read the book at all, but to just have a look at the pictures.
Maths and Science is one of the major subjects I teach at the University. I find it very interesting to see how the different parts of our brain work together as we do different things. We use each other’s brains in different ways, and each of our brains has a certain “specialness.