This series of Math Story is excellent for students who are scrared of Math.
Math should be taught like History, Literature, Music, Art… together with the stories of Mathematical evolution since ancient time, the life of the great mathematicians who discovered them … through this teaching would students relate the “cold” textbook Math with Math beauty.
- Oxford Math Prof
- Popular Math Author of the Best Seller《Music of the Primes 》(Loan at National Library Branches – Math Shelf #510. xx) .
Egyptian Math : Divide 9 loaves of bread among 10 persons (ie 9/10)
Babylonian Quadratic Equation by Squaring an Area:
Note: This is especially true to the University Math “Abstract Algebra” aka “Modern Math” – yet it is an “old lady” evolved 200 years ago from France during the French Revolution by Evariste Galois “Group Theory”. Most French students are scared of Abstract Algebra (a killer subject in French engineering school) even though we were good in High school Math (A-level or Baccalaureate). It was only 28 years after my university graduation from Math “Classe Préparatoire” that I got rid of the fear of (Abstract) Math, thanks to another Best Seller Popular Math Book 《Unknown Quantity – A real & imaginary history of Algebra》by Prof John Derbyshire [Loan at NLB #510.xx]
The Math of Higher Dimensionality – Imaginary Numbers: Gauss & Riemann