How to be successful in math: Getting started is easy, but mastering the basics isn’t.
That’s the advice of John Bostrom, author of the influential New York Times bestseller, The Black Swan.
“You get to the point where you are no longer concerned with the math,” he says.
“The real value is in the science.”
Bostroms recent research shows that the math content of most computer science courses tends to be either too complex or too simple.
This is not because the course isn’t worth it, but because the math portion is too often just a series of equations, or is too easy to skip, he says, citing an example of a computer science course that was so easy to pass that students often got stuck.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still valuable skills to learn.
And that’s why the math is a key part of the equation.
In this episode, we explore the math and learn how to build an app that will help you understand the math in your favorite books.
What is math?
This simple but important concept has evolved over time to be an integral part of our understanding of the world.
And the way we do math has a profound impact on our lives, making it one of the best skills we have to be a good citizen.
Here’s what you need to know about the math that matters most to you.
What’s the deal with math?
It all starts with the equation, or equation.
This equation tells you how many things you have to multiply, or add, or divide.
The simplest example is a square.
For example, we have a square of width x and height y.
If we add x, we add y, and so on.
The equation for this square is: x + y = y.
And in the following example, you can see how that equation is expressed.
We’re adding x to the square and multiplying y. x + 1 = 2.
y + 1= 3.
So now we know how many numbers we have, and we can add them.
This gives us a total.
And there are many other ways to express the same equation.
For instance, you could also say x + x = y, or x + 0 = 0, or if you’re a little more math-challenged, x + 5 = 0.
And it’s not uncommon to see these types of equations repeated in different contexts, even in different textbooks.
The main takeaway is that math is all about numbers, not about symbols.
Here are some other examples.
x x = 1 x = 2 x = 3 x = 4 x = 5 x = 6 x = 7 x = 8 x = 9 x = 10 x = 11 x = 12 x = 13 x = 14 x = 15 x = 16 x = 17 x = 18 x = 19 x = 20 x = 21 x = 22 x = 23 x = 24 x = 25 x = 26 x = 27 x = 28 x = 29 x = 30 x = 31 x = 32 x = 33 x = 34 x = 35 x = 36 x = 37 x = 38 x = 39 x = 40 x = 41 x = 42 x = 43 x = 44 x = 45 x = 46 x = 47 x = 48 x = 49 x = 50 x = 51 x = 52 x = 53 x = 54 x = 55 x = 56 x = 57 x = 58 x = 59 x = 60 x = 61 x = 62 x = 63 x = 64 x = 65 x = 66 x = 67 x = 68 x = 69 x = 70 x = 71 x = 72 x = 73 x = 74 x = 75 x = 76 x = 77 x = 78 x = 79 x = 80 x = 81 x = 82 x = 83 x = 84 x = 85 x = 86 x = 87 x = 88 x = 89 x = 90 x = 91 x = 92 x = 93 x = 94 x = 95 x = 96 x = 97 x = 98 x = 99 x = 100 x