- The Necessity Of Mathematics
- Blake Stacey posted an essay on The Necessity of Mathematics which I feel is worth reading, even, or even especially, if you aren't particularly mathematically inclined.

- The Necessity Of Mathematics
- Blake Stacey posted an essay on The Necessity of Mathematics which I feel is worth reading, even, or even especially, if you aren't particularly mathematically inclined.

acelightningand when i took beginning calculus, i hit a wall. i just

could notgrok the underlying concepts. i took three different basic calculus courses, with three different textbooks and three different teachers, and failed every one of them miserably. my brain just isn't capable of understanding math on that level; i'm like a dyslexic person who can't comprehend the difference between the letters "d" and "b".this was the first time in my life i'd ever failed a class, and the first time i'd ever run up against something i couldn't understand no matter how hard i tried. it left me with a phobia of the math i

didunderstand - to this day, simple everyday arithmetic makes me faintly anxious, and i'm very bad at remembering strings of numbers (i have to activate "phone info" on my cell phone every time i want to tell someone my number - i can never remember it).so where does this leave me, as an intelligent person who is still, in spite of everything, interested in science?

blaisepascalWhat I did when I ran into integral calculus (which I don't do very well, and was the core of the only math course I ever failed) was to realize that there is a very large field of maths out there which are considered just as advanced but trigger other parts of the brain.

If you find "d" and "b" hard, you'd hate Hamiltonian mechanics, which is all about relationships between "generalized coordinates" q

_{i}and their "conjugate momenta" p_{i}. I'm not dyslexic and I'll admit to having trouble keeping my p's and q's straight.acelightningthe problem is, i still love science, but i'm deficient in the tools they now say are required for understanding it. it's very frustrating.

i'm not at all dyslexic - i'm the oppposite, if anything. (Alex gets it from his father; they both occasionally need to be told, "no, your

otherleft!") i might have trouble with my "p"s and "q"s, but not for spatial reasons ;-)blaisepascalacelightningbut i don't confuse mirror-image letters; i seem to auto-correct for orientation and context.