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I have a talent for doing mathematics. I teach calculus and related subjects at the community college, and I read about higher math for fun. That's surely due to my having a dialogue with numbers at a very young age. I remember writing out multiplication tables for fun, and watching the patterns in them. I remember playing with fractions by drawing pictures of pies. I'd divide two pies into three portions, and discover each person got 2/3 of a pie, and after a working through a few other examples like this it dawned on me that dividing a pies between b people always resulted in each person getting a/b of a pie, and that that slash in a fraction sign could actually be thought of as a division sign. This was all outside the classroom, without adult supervision and motivated by my own interest. So when it came time to learn algebra, I was grounded in the properties of numbers and it seemed completely natural. I hope shows like Numb3rs can help get people into this kind of dialogue.

--Rick Taylor

The show Numb3rs actually played a role in me going back to school. I find a lot of the practical applications very interesting, I have deceided to pusue a masters degree in mathmatical theory.


Way to go, Sammie! I am rather like Jennifer, phobic about math, but did well grade wise through 1st Semester Integral calc. I love the idea af different mathematical concepts, (like in "123...Infinity" by George Gamow), but hate the mental effort required to do them.
My first love was particle physics........... until I learned how much math was involved. Oh well.

I haven't seen numb3rs yet. Sounds like it's a nice tv program. Maths are difficult and I think that teacher are responsible about that. When I was at Secondary school and High school I didn't like maths. The same happens to my friend, she told me: "When I was child I said, I'm going to study anything not related with math. Now, I'm here". She is study maths. She like me didn't learn anything about Maths until we get into the college and was very difficult for us. The education here from kinder garden to high school is terrible. And when you arrive to college you realize the high school is level 3 and college is level 20. Some months ago here in my faculty the researcher were giving conferences to students at high school. A classmate and were near, he's studying Physics as I do. He told me: "They're telling them how awesome Physics is, but they don't tell them that you must learn Calculus"


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