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Loving and Hating Mathematics by Reuben Hersh, Vera John-Steiner

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Loving and Hating School Mathematics

Why do so many school children and adults find mathematics intimidating and consider themselves hopelessly incapable of learning it? How do educators address this challenge?

Mathematical life is an immersion in a world of endlessly varied forms and relations. The mathematician is challenged and tempted to commit all her energy and enthusiasm to learn and to understand. Mathematical thinking is also enjoyed by people working puzzles, playing chess, or doing recreational problem solving. Engagement with and enjoyment of mathematics is the primary topic of this book.

But there’s also another thing called mathematics. It’s the thing people are talking about when they say:

“I hate math! I couldn’t learn it, ...

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