الرياضيات وأنماط

محبة الرياضيات

Most kids love patterns. Math is just patterns. So is life. الرياضيات, ول, is merely a formal way of describing life, or at least the patterns we encounter in life. If the connection between life, patterns and math can be maintained, it follows that kids should love math. And love of math should generate an analytic ability (or what I would call a mathematical ability) to understand and do most things well. على سبيل المثال, I wrote of a connection “بين” three things a couple of sentences ago. I know that it has to be bad English because I see three vertices of a triangle and then one connection doesn’t make sense. A good writer would probably put it better instinctively. A mathematical writer like me would realize that the word “بين” is good enough in this context — the subliminal jar on your sense of grammar that it creates can be compensated for or ignored in casual writing. I wouldn’t leave it standing in a book or a published column (except this one because I want to highlight it.)

My point is that it is my love for math that lets me do a large number of things fairly well. ككاتب, على سبيل المثال, I have done rather well. But I attribute my success to a certain mathematical ability rather than literary talent. I would never start a book with something like, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” As an opening sentence, by all the mathematical rules of writing I have formulated for myself, this one just doesn’t measure up. Yet we all know that Dickens’s opening, following no rules of mine, is perhaps the best in English literature. I will probably cook up something similar someday because I see how it summarizes the book, and highlights the disparity between the haves and the have-nots mirrored in the contrasting lead characters and so on. وبعبارة أخرى, I see how it works and may assimilate it into my cookbook of rules (if I can ever figure out how), and the process of assimilation is mathematical in nature, especially when it is a conscious effort. Similar fuzzy rule-based approaches can help you be a reasonably clever artist, employee, مدير أو أي شيء قمت بتعيين المشاهد الخاصة بك على, وهذا هو السبب أنا تفاخر مرة واحدة لزوجتي أن أتمكن من تعلم الموسيقى الكلاسيكية الهندية على الرغم من حقيقة أنني عمليا لهجة صماء.

حتى الرياضيات المحبة هي ربما شيء جيد, على الرغم من العيب على ما يبدو مقارنة في مواجهة المصفقين. لكنني حتى الآن لمعالجة موضوعي المركزي — كيف نشجع بنشاط وتطوير حب للرياضيات بين الجيل المقبل? أنا لا أتحدث عن جعل الناس جيدة في الرياضيات; أنا لا تعنى أساليب التدريس في حد ذاتها. أعتقد سنغافورة يفعل فعلا بعمل جيد مع أن. ولكن للحصول الناس على مثل الرياضيات بنفس الطريقة التي تحب, قول, موسيقاهم أو السيارات أو السجائر أو كرة القدم يأخذ أكثر قليلا من الخيال. وأعتقد أننا يمكن تحقيق ذلك عن طريق الحفاظ على أنماط الكامنة على الصدارة. So instead of telling my children that 1/4 is bigger than 1/6 ل 4 is smaller than 6, I say to them, “You order one pizza for some kids. Do you think each will get more if we had four kids or six kids sharing it?”

From my earlier example on geographic distances and degrees, I fancy my daughter will one day figure out that each degree (or about 100km — corrected by 5% و 6%) means four minutes of jet lag. She might even wonder why 60 appears in degrees and minutes and seconds, and learn something about number system basis and so on. Mathematics really does lead to a richer perspective on life. All it takes on our part is perhaps only to share the pleasure of enjoying this richness. على الأقل, that’s my hope.

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