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Conrad Wolfram:
Teaching kids real math with computers

TEDGlobal 2010 · 17:19 · Filmed Jul 2010
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Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers
17:19 · Filmed July 2010 at TEDGlobal 2010 · Subtitles available in 31 languages

From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity's most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach — calculation by hand — isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.

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Conrad Wolfram runs the worldwide arm of Wolfram Research, the mathematical lab behind the cutting-edge knowledge engine Wolfram Alpha. Full bio
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