Category Math

Thoughts on Lockhart’s Lament

I’ve finally read through all of Lockhart’s Lament, which was referenced in an earlier Decryptions post. Within, Lockhart tears apart what most of the population thinks of as “math.” He ponders, “I don’t see how it’s doing society any good to have its members walking around with vague memories of algebraic formulas and geometric diagrams, […]

Can you really learn math by reading books?

I found this article, “Math 101: A Reading List for Lifelong Learners”, via Hacker News. I’m only familiar with one book on the list (A Tour of the Calculus) and my experience with it was a bit disappointing. It might not be the books fault, my expectations may have been unrealistic. I know there are limitations […]