…but it doesn’t have to be. Scroll down to my last thesis update. See those nice pictures? Do you like them? Are they pretty? That’s what math is all about: neat ideas, pretty pictures.
I just read a really good article. Here is an excerpt:
…if I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of destroying a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently being done— I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soulcrushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education.
Check out the article. I really liked it:
To be fair to Keith Devlin I should say that it was from his article that I found Lockhart’s Lament: