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The Joy of Mathematics, and Nerds

January 27, 2008

Tony at Pencils Down muses:

Why do these sometimes bespectacled bookworms play around with formulas and numbers and patterns, seemingly without purpose? Why do they care about things that don’t relate to the “real world?” They play for the same reason we all play. Because it’s fun.

Go read the whole post. It really struck a chord with me.

Sadly, though, many people find the fact that some people find playing with mathematics fun to be both unbelievable and proof of their irredeemable strangeness.

I’ve got  Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them by David Anderegg on my “to read” list…

Math-phobia and Nerd-phobia is a real issue in America, I think.

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