Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Math is hard and if you study you know it.

Check out this story.

Sometimes you wonder if reporters know how people learn? There are stages in learning. There is rank beginner, then a happy feeling you get when you know a little something. Turns out knowing just a little something quickly turns into the idea you really know something and that is a mistake. To some extent, the less you study Math, the happier you are likely to be.

I'm always amazed that more people don't know that the people who figured out the big, common math logic are the greatest minds in the history of the world. You can't do it yourself while the test is going on, you aren't Sir Isaac Newton. Stand on the shoulders of giants and you will do lots better. But I'm also amazed that a 20 or 25 year old thinks they know something at a technology company.

The self esteem movement in American education isn't working? What a surprise to the university professors. ;)

2 comments:

untenured said...

You said, "I'm always amazed that more people don't know that the people who figured out the big, common math logic are the greatest minds in the history of the world."

Not everyone has a math professor dad.;)

Peter in Carbondale said...

The people I was thinking of really aren't math professors.