THUNK – 43. You Don’t Suck at Math

You might believe that you suck at math…but it’s probably something (fun) you’ve never actually tried before.

-Links for the Curious-

A study in 1978 which found an incredible prevalence of math anxiety among, of all people, college students – psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1979-24735-001

“A Mathematician’s Lament,” by Paul Lockhart – www.maa.org/external_archive/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf

Paul Lockhart talking some about amazing & unexpected questions that mathematics tries to answer – www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1gT2f3Fe44#t=42

An article from the Atlantic about potentially teaching calculus to 5-year-old children – www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/03/5-year-olds-can-learn-calculus/284124/

Vi Hart’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/user/Vihart

“Prime Numbers & the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” by Carl Pomerance at Bell Labs – www.math.dartmouth.edu/~carlp/PDF/extraterrestrial.pdf

Courtesy of pussumman via Reddit, Numberphile’s video about why some people hate math – www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yexc19j3TjE

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