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Math Appreciation

Writing in The New York Times, Manil Suri advocates for "math appreciation," enjoyment of mathematics for its own sake without the requirement of attaining technical mastery.

Suri mourns the scant opportunities for the public to develop an appreciation for mathematics and offers several examples of marvels you don't need a math degree to marvel at.

The mathematics professor (and novelist) says that math appreciation could decrease the prevalence of math anxiety: 

It change negative attitudes toward the subject that are passed on from generation to generation. Students have a better chance of succeeding in a subject perceived as playful and stimulating, rather than one with a disastrous P.R. image.

Read the op-ed.

Start Date: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013