The great Mathematician Israel Gelfand used to say:
“People think they don’t understand math, but it’s all about how you explain it to them.
If you ask a drunkard what number is larger, 2/3 or 3/5, he won’t be able to tell you.
But if you rephrase the question:
What is better, 2 bottles of vodka for 3 people or 3 bottles of vodka for 5 people ?
He will tell you right away: 2 bottles for 3 people, of course!”
– Extract: “Love and Math”
by Edward Frenkel
This young Russian mathematician Edward Frenkel is a Jew discriminated from entering top Moscow University, so he climbed over high fence to attend lectures. At 21 with no PhD degree he became Harvard Assistant professor, after publishing his world-class research paper on Langlands Program. As a multi-talent, he also made the movie “Rites of Love & Math“.
Available at National Library:
Amazon.com: Buy it as a present for your school children to read. He or she who hates Math will change to Math lover after reading, like Ed. Frenkel did at 15 years old.