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274 pages, Hardcover
First published January 7, 2020
A society without mathematical affection is like a city without concerts, parks, or museums.
People often think of abstraction as stripping away meaning. But in fact, abstraction does the opposite—it enriches meaning. When you see that two things have similar structures or behavior, then those similarities create a connection, a new meaning for you that wasn’t there before. Poincaré famously said that “mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things".
“make your daughter practice math. She’ll thank you later.”13 The op-ed never asked the question of how to teach math so she’ll thank you now.
Maryam Mirzakhani... once said: “The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers."I know.
At my local hiking club, there’s bonding over a shared love of hiking. When it’s time to go, we split into different skill levels to do the hike at various speeds. I have no trouble admitting that I’m a slow hiker” By contrast, in mathematics the joy often requires the skill.
“I was over the moon when I proved the moonshine conjecture. If I get a good result I spend several days feeling really happy about it.Days!