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Mathematician’s Lament – On Math and Elegance of Reason

This is a 25-page essay about math written by a mathematician turned high-school math teacher and I wish that everyone have read it before getting to high school – it would have made a ton of difference.

http://www.maa.org/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf

At first glance this is an off-topic in respect to ABR and that’s why I kept it on my desktop for a few weeks without really being sure whether I should bug you with it – you have hard time for finding spare minutes to read practical tangible stuff – whilst this one appears to be somewhat remote.

However, I decided to go ahead with it for one main reason – it’s about elegance, it’s about seeing art and fun, it’s about understanding that math is a toolkit of your thinking, a huge booster to your inner game…

Unfortunately, what most of you think about math is the exact opposite – numbers, dreaded formulas and regimented routines.

I lost count of times when someone tells me as a compliment: “Sure you are good with numbers since you studied math ”… That drives me crazy – I am not an number-cruncher for goodness sake! Sure I am literate – but numbers have nothing to do with math! Try complimenting a writer on knowing alphabet and drawing letters really neatly..

Anyway, I have a hidden hope that after reading this essay -- your ‘inner game’ in respect to ABR will change a little bit and you’ll be more likely to look at your everyday ABR work not as a regimented dread of repeated automatic movements but as an active quest in looking for the best response through every single application.

If that ever happens there are two winners: you – since a daily dread will turn into an exciting quest; and your child – since your efficiency will skyrocket…

Well, and I guess there is a third winner: me –being happy in helping you to elevate your game…

P.S. I know you are very busy and a 25 page reading is very likely to be postponed indefinitely…

If that’s the case – please do me a favor and read pages 1-5 to begin with -- but do it today.

If you have more time – read pages 18-22. Then if you have a bit more time – pages 8-11.

P.P.S. And this post is an excellent opportunity to draw one’s attention to one of the most influential books that I have ever read: “Mathematics and the Physical World” by Morris Kline. If you have older kids who are in high school or about to go to college – this book will change the way one looks at higher math once and forever. I admit that I read it just after I graduated – I wished so badly I had it a few years back – that would have made my studies times more efficient.

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