FB note, by Sunu Pradana on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 6:15pm
Most of us took mathematics courses from mathematicians—Bad Idea!
Mathematicians see mathematics as an area of study in its own right.
The rest of us use mathematics as a precise language for expressing relationships among quantities in the real world, and as a tool for deriving quantitative conclusions from these relationships. For that purpose, mathematics courses, as they are taught today, are seldom helpful and are often downright destructive.
As a student, I promised myself that if I ever became a teacher, I would never put a student through that kind of teaching. I have spent my life trying to ﬁnd direct and transparent ways of seeing reality and trying to express these insights quantitatively, and I have never knowingly broken my promise.
With rare exceptions, the mathematics that I have found most useful was learned in science and engineering classes, on my own, ...
Foreword 2010 by Carver A. Mead
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