allibishop1238 karma2017-12-11 17:09:21 UTC
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allibishop826 karma2017-12-11 17:22:53 UTC
When I was growing up, math seemed formulaic and uncreative. It seemed just like regurgitation: if I figured out how to e.g. add fractions, it would be the same method anyone else would use. In particular, I found calculus boring and resolved not to take any more after high school.
In college everyone was required to take one semester of math, so I took number theory, thinking it would be easy. Numbers are simple; how much theory could there really be? Under Jordan Ellenberg, it turns out, a lot. Jordan showed me the creative side of mathematics, and I was hooked! Meanwhile, I got rejected from the Princeton creative writing class.
allibishop373 karma2017-12-11 17:07:52 UTC
I find it's best to not tell them it's a math story! One great thing about math is that it's embedded in everyday life, so you can connect it to things that people already identify with.
allibishop302 karma2017-12-11 18:06:49 UTC
Tell her that you hate math. Then hating math won't be cool anymore.
(stay tuned for more serious advice to come :) )
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