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## Do Mathematics really help us to think and open our minds?

Well, i put that TED talk because was the only one that i found kinda related to this topic.

So a year ago I was in secondary school where teach about many subjects but very little mathematical content. I saw this as a problem, since my intention after leaving school was to pursue a engineering carrier, which obviously has a lot of math. So i studied and practiced hard to pass the entrance examination. After weeks of study, i noticed that was starting to think like in a more clear and analytical way.

I'm sure that most advanced mathematics might can help us when time to think.

Maybe was a growth phenomenon? or caused by mathematics?

**Topics:**Imagination Mathematics creativity

## Fritzie - 200+

Mathematics at its higher levels centers on proof, which creates a model of precise deductive reasoning- the examination of what conclusions can be drawn definitively from premises.

Both aspects of exposure to mathematics have widespread application in situations that require logical thinking.

Mathematics also, for many students, offers an excellent opportunity to struggle with challenge and then, with adequate perseverance, to succeed. This practice and feeling of perseverance and ultimate success may create a disposition to tackle other challenges across domains.

## Serg Anishchenko

## Denomyar 01

But, if a problem IS perceived, maths is the 'tool of choice' that humans use to solve them rationally.

'Problems' are things or situations that appear to threaten our safety, stability or future success.

Things that threaten our safety, stability or future success cause us to experience fear emotions and upset.

So maths is merely a tool used to avoid feeling upset and irrational should we NOT solve perceived problems.

So the human obsession with the rationality of maths is generated by the (adult) human fear of upset, or better put, 'aversion to irrationality'.

When we engage the courage necessary to 'not solve' through letting go of our rationale and instead face our fear of irrationality and upset, problems dissolve. So failing to let go of our rationale or 'judgments', is failing to face fear.

Accepting our fundamental irrationality ought be easy, it re-unites us with 'home', since 'fundamentally irrational', is the 'birth state' from which we each emerged.

So maths cannot open the mind. When there is a percieved 'problem', the mind is already closed. Maths cannot open it, it merely moves the mind away.

## Hyungsup Kim

But if you don't have an axe you can't be a lumberjack.

## Libbey Koppinger

Excellent observation and question.

Mathematics can be an "exercise" (and a very good one) for the brain.

My Mom, who loves Math, and was a math teacher - actually does Suduko everyday - she feels its wakes up her mind and sharpens her thought processes. I think that's what you're saying about the changes you observe in yourself.

From a personal perspective, it's not something that comes easily to me - so I tend to get very distracted when engaging in most math related tasks, which means I have real difficulty focusing. I did discover though, that when I can relate the math problems to be solved to something I am very interested in or understand, suddenly I feel as though a "light goes on" and I have a much easier time with math.

My children are both lucky enough to have really gifted mathematics teachers - they teach in a manner that the kids relate to, and it makes a ton of difference regarding how quickly and completely the grasp the concepts, and are able to put them into practice. A critical component of this is how they teach and that they really love kids and want t0o see them learn - so they are happy to work with them until they understand. My older daughters teacher even taught me a few things recently - and did so enthusiastically, without an ounce of criticism - I have to say, it made a huge difference in the way I understood concepts I hadn't reviewed in over 20 years! (and made me wish I had a teacher like her when I was in school - methods have changed so very much! For the better I think :)

I think a key part to it IS practice - like any exercise, the more you do - the better you get. Having a goal behind the repetition is also motivating - you are a great example of that!

Good luck to you! It sounds like you are well on your way to a wonderful career!

## Tomas Fernandez Nuñez 500+

## Roland Halbig

I've been experiencing the same during the past 3 years! I started my maths undergrad 3 years ago.

In my mind, every thought structure has to have some physical representation inside of my skull.

Thought structures develop over time and studying like any learning process alters the mind and the

connections within.

It is less maths than logic you have to use in order to understand the mathematical formulas.

Therefore I would say as long you try to understand the maths and the motivations and structural considerations

for the construction of formulas and proofs, you improve thinking logically.

However! I realized for myself, after reaching a decent logical level, it is hard for some people to follow some of my considerations. I have to learn now how to formulate my thoughts so that others understand what I tell them.

Finally: I think it is important to not forget to grow the heart for logic does not help you anything with your personal relationship to fellow humans (and with women in particular).

Cheers, mate! Good luck for your studies!

PS: To the ladies: No offense! To me men are as capable of logic as women are ;)

## Tomas Fernandez Nuñez 500+

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## Salim Solaiman 100+

My college math teacher who was considered to be an expert , was a person of extreme blind belief. I know some more such.

## Terry Freeman

Consider that the most creative artist has nothing without a cultural context of collaboration among other artists and with potential audiences of said art.

## Tim Cooley

If a ball is rolling a long a table at 50 inches per second how long would it take to get to the end of a 50 foot table . . .

That was boring just writing it.

The change: You are late for work and driving 50 miles per hour to get to work which is 50 miles away. how much gas does it take to get there if you car uses 10 miles per gallon? What speed would you have to go to get there 10 minutes earlier?

By changing the equation allows people to put themselves into the problem. by making it relevant makes it creative and then the answer can be answered in a creative way even though there is a clear logical way of answering it you still feel like you are in control of how to get to the answer, which is the goal of creativity.

Math can help us open our mind if it is applied to a real world personal situation and allows us the opportunity to engage with it.

## Arul V

When you buy a car, follow a recipe, or decorate your home, you're using math principles. People have been using these same principles for thousands of years, across countries and continents. Whether you're sailing a boat off the coast of Japan or building a house in Peru, you're using math to get things done.

How can math be so universal? First, human beings didn't invent math concepts; we discovered them. Also, the language of math is numbers, not English or German or Russian. If we are well versed in this language of numbers, it can help us make important decisions and perform everyday tasks. Math can help us to shop wisely, buy the right insurance, remodel a home within a budget, understand population growth, or even bet on the horse with the best chance of winning the race.

In this exhibit, you'll look at the language of numbers through common situations, such as playing games or cooking. Put your decision-making skills to the test by deciding whether buying or leasing a new car is right for you, and predict how much money you can save for your retirement by using an interest calculator.

Reference: http://www.learner.org/interactives/dailymath/

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## Orlando Hawkins 30+

It did help me organize my thoughts and logic

## Paul Lillebo 10+

I'd like to beat the drum for a branch of mathematics that is not among the esoteric and theoretical, namely statistics. I think everyone should have at least a basic course in statistics, because it corrects the way one thinks about truth. Statistics gives you the understanding to grasp that "truths" you hear or read in the media are often at best likelihoods.

## Scott Armstrong 50+

Howard Gardner talks about multiple intelligences, which is really just grouping the ways like-minded people think in general ways. There is probably some merit in this.

Personally, mathematics was like a foreign, dead language to me and still is.

## MARIO TERCEROS

In the art, perhaps in a hidden way, is always a kind of logic (normally named "style"). That means that the subjacent concept is totally logic, even if it doesn´t look like. Is the general relativity "logic" or intuitive? Not at all.

I think that the main way to get an open mind is to think as much as possible, and mathematics is one good way for that.

## Ovidiu Colda

As others have said, mathematics basically uses a specific algorithm to resolve different exercises (of course, there are lots of algorithms, formulae and theorems because there is a large spectrum of domains and areas of mathematics). In other words, you learn to apply a pattern to various problems, which leads to convergent thinking. This is useful because there are so many problems that you can't solve each one of them in a different way. So in this way, it does develop your analytical process of thinking, it helps you make rational connections and optimize the path to a solution.

However, creativity in its main meaning is about divergent thinking, which is the opposite of what maths help you improve. Here, you find multiple solutions to a single problem (all kinds of problems, not necessarily involving numbers and calculations), and you choose the one that represents the best compromise.

So in my opinion, the fact that you become more open-minded and creative is indirectly related to better understanding and knowing mathematics (for example, your passion can drive you to research a specific mathematician, you find about more about his life and work and you can make a better connection between the rational side and how he did it).

I'm studying engineering like you, so I'm more interested in mathematics and physics more than the other subjects and this has indeed helped me rationalize most of the things in my life. I can advise you though to not become hung up on it because it might block/lead to a slower development of your interpersonal abilities (because you can't find reason in feelings, emotions and so on).

All the best!

## Ronny Daniel

That is sort of a kick when you are able to apply the understanding of math in our daily life.

Maths making us open minded? I am still not sure how a 'clinical sense of being analytical' is related to 'being open minded' about things around. Maybe an extra degree of awareness is available (from proof of Math fundamentals)to take an open minded decision.

Me & my wife have a small interest in Machine Learning, patterns etc things. While working on these subjects we particularly found the aspect of math being fun with application and less fun on paper. :)

Please correct me if this idea seems skewed.

Thanks

Cheers

## Christophe Cop 500+

Mathematics is a great way to learn thinking abstract. And it has beauty and elegance

Jake: http://comment.rsablogs.org.uk/2011/10/24/rsa-animate-divided-brain/

=> please revise your ideas around lateralization of the brains

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## Tomas Fernandez Nuñez 500+

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## Tomas Fernandez Nuñez 500+

I recommend you a nice book:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics_and_the_Imagination_(book)

## Hyungsup Kim

Even past PhD in Mathematics it's extremely difficult to be creative.

But that doesn't mean that maths is not creative is it?

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## Sam Rock

Mathematics can teach you the real meaning of practice actually i feel that Mathematics is a alternative of practice.

Mathematics can tech you a lesson on patience.

Mathematics is life and it is everywhere. mathematics gives you the different way of thinking.

I LOVE MATHEMATICS...

## Viktor Riabtsev

## Don Fox

Courant and Robbins book What is mathematics?

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## Javier Ferrero

Maths help at all my friend...