You don't have to be good at math to do math

When I see someone do math I can’t help but feel intimidated by them. It’s so alien to see numbers and variables represent some version of our reality. These “mathematicians” have somehow mastered this alien language, made it their own, and construct new language like it. They’re bloody wizards.

I want to be a wizard too.

Mathematics is a language that’s alien to everyone. It’s the language we’ve assigned reality. Wizards taught rocks how to think! You can’t expect to master a natural language by not using it; to master math you must do it often.

Mathematics is the language of the universe. If you “speak it”, reality is yours to bend to your will.

Watch the linked video. The “Too Long; Didn’t Watch” version of it is that math helps us see the world from a different perspective. You can use it to model the problems you face in life and approach it from a new perspective. It’s fun to do once you develop a feel for it.

And that’s the problem, right?

How do you develop a feel for mathematics?

Let’s ask John von Neumann, the most prolific mathematician of the 20th century, for advice.

He was quoted to say to Felix Smith, who was struggling with some aspect of mathematics:

“Young man, in mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.” - J. von Neumann

He basically said that experience will eventually turn into familiarity.

It has given me hope that I too, one day, can be a wizard.

Created on August 31, 2021
Published on August 31, 2021