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March 18, 2006

Is there a better way to learn math?

A guy named Steve Yegge has an interesting rant against the way that math is taught. He proposes an alternative way to re-learn all of that math that you learned in college and then forgot:

I think the best way to start learning math is to spend 15 to 30 minutes a day surfing in Wikipedia. It's filled with articles about thousands of little branches of mathematics. You start with pretty much any article that seems interesting (e.g. String theory, say, or the Fourier transform, or Tensors, anything that strikes your fancy. Start reading. If there's something you don't understand, click the link and read about it. Do this recursively until you get bored or tired.

OK, what the hell, I can scam 15 minutes somewhere each day. Off to start re-learning matricies...

Link to Steve Yegge's article

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 18, 2006 07:14 AM

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