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I have encountered this quote along the way, "In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them" -Johann von Neumann
This is a question for any one who allows me to see their point of view. But it is even more directed to those mathematicians who have studied this beautiful subject and have been capable of getting through the whole school cycle.
Ok in the last years I have very strongly advocated the idea for math having to be understood rather than “get used to”, but I do also have to say that through my scholastic years I have noticed that those who have not question the reason behind a mathematical idea have been the ones that have been outstanding in it.
Mind that mine is not a critique to the scholastic system. I respect my school and the teachers that are part of it.
Mine is rather an exploration towards understanding what math really represents to the people around me and how people think when utilizing it.