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My Struggle With Math, Why It Matters, and Why It Really Doesn’t

8 Feb 2019, 20:51 UTC
My Struggle With Math, Why It Matters, and Why It Really Doesn’t
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“You know what it means? You’re an artist, not a physicist.”

Twenty years later, those words still haunt me.

I was actually a bit surprised to remember this quote, but after a conversation with astrophysicist, science communicator and Twitter buddy Sophia Gad-Nasr, who was commenting on a tweet from @dsxnchezz, I found myself emotionally thinking back to a personal struggle I wanted to share.

The tweet:

Professors: the way you talk to your students matters. By telling your class you expect they learned something prior to taking your class, you *literally* create a learning block that will prevent them from asking important questions from fear of embarrassment. DO NOT DO THIS. https://t.co/pT8lQRKPFp— Sophia Gad-Nasr (@Astropartigirl) February 5, 2019

The story:

A Long Time Ago In a University Far, Far Away

[Photo by Johannes Plenio from Pexels]

My first semester of studying physics at university was unexpectedly (though, in hindsight, not so surprisingly) rough: I had to confront a demon that I’d spent years running away from. You see, I’m bad at math (or, as we Brits like to call it, “maths”), to the point where I used to be convinced that I wouldn’t progress anywhere in ...

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