In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years. In the Asian systems they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.
I tell students that even if they don’t like math right now, they can use math as a brain-sharpening tool – a tool that not only builds the foundation for a great career, but that also builds self-confidence, no matter what they choose to do with their lives.
Let’s make math fun and sexy and glamorous. Smart is sexy, that’s one of my main messages.
While President Obama shirks his responsibility to advance solutions to our fiscal challenges, he can no longer hide from the merciless math of the balance sheet. Conservatives have made certain of that.
I’m a visual thinker, really bad at algebra. There’s others that are a pattern thinker. These are the music and math minds. They think in patterns instead of pictures. Then there’s another type that’s not a visual thinker at all, and they’re the ones that memorize all of the sports statistics, all of the weather statistics.
One of the most amazing things about mathematics is the people who do math aren’t usually interested in application, because mathematics itself is truly a beautiful art form. It’s structures and patterns, and that’s what we love, and that’s what we get off on.
Scientific research and other studies have demonstrated that arts education can enhance American students’ math and language skills and improve test scores which in turn increase chances of higher education and good jobs in the future.
There’s no reason to stereotype yourself. Doing math is like going to the gym – it’s a workout for your brain and it makes you smarter.
If you stop at general math, you’re only going to make general math money.
When you take a look at the problems our country is facing, debt is No. 1. The math is downright scary and the credit markets aren’t going to keep on giving us cheap rates.
Somehow it’s O.K. for people to chuckle about not being good at math. Yet if I said, ‘I never learned to read,’ they’d say I was an illiterate dolt.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Math has a lot of negative stereotypes, but it can actually be fun and incredibly empowering.
Music rhythms are mathematical patterns. When you hear a song and your body starts moving with it, your body is doing math. The kids in their parents’ garage practicing to be a band may not realize it, but they’re also practicing math.
Math, it’s a puzzle to me. I love figuring out puzzles.
I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.
I just am not good at math.
Math and music are intimately related. Not necessarily on a conscious level, but sure.
I was good at math and science, and I got lots of degrees in lots of things, but in a parallel universe, I probably became a chef.
Math is sometimes called the science of patterns.
No one wants to read a math book.
I can become very emotional about math, although I’m not that good at it.
If you do the math, films featuring women are a good investment.
Geoffrey S. Fletcher