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Ways to learn Maths Formulas

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Mathematics is the science that deals with the argumentation of shape, arrangement and quantity. Mathematics is all around us, in all the things we do. It is the structuring block for everything in our day to day lives. This includes architecture (modern and ancient), mobile devices, money, art, engineering and sports. However, a few students expressed their dissatisfaction in terms of learning the math formulas. This article is a ready reckoner for all the students who are aspiring to learn the formulas quickly. Practice – Mathematics is a subject that demands a huge amount of practice. And, that too is…

Learning Mathematics by Heart – A Questionable Approach

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Have you ever tried learning mathematics by heart or memorizing a large amount of mathematical information? Though the course of action is tough-going, the outcome may be good and even fabulous. This approach of learning by heart may suit basic mathematics education or knowledge-based subjects, for example, history. However, does this approach suits learning at a higher level of education? As mentioned, when the mathematics education is at elementary level, the amount of facts to grasp with may not be large enough to warrant attention and concern. With the good results that it sometimes shows, the approach of learning by…

Philosophy of Mathematics

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The branch of philosophy that aims to study the foundations, assumptions and the philosophical assumptions of mathematics is called the philosophy of mathematics. If one considers the historical evidences of thinkers contributing to the ideas that pertain to mathematics, the examples are aplenty. These include two basic categories of philosophers of mathematics: Western Philosophers and Eastern Philosophers. Western Philosophers have some great names attributed to them such as Plato and Aristotle. Plato concentrated his studies on the mathematical objects, especially their ontological status. Aristotle, on the other hand, contributed to the field of logic of infinity. It was the great mathematician Leibniz,…

The Reality And Non-Reality Of Mathematics

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There’s little doubt that mathematics rules the reality roost when it comes to the laws, principles and relationships within the sciences in general and the physical sciences in particular. Further, mathematics plays a dominant role when it comes to the purely economic aspects of our lives and where would sports be without statistics? However, when it comes down to brass tacks, how much of really real reality is actually reflected in our mathematics? The Reality of Mathematics. Mathematics is just a shorthand mental concept that simulates reality, or approximates reality or a possible reality or even an imaginary / impossible…

Mathematics Is Beautiful

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Imagine, Teachers of Mathematics, that you are standing on the stage of a school hall at the weekly school assembly. You are next to speak. In front of you are 1500 bored teenagers sitting on the wooden floor in hot stifling conditions. The assembly has already been going more than 15 of its allotted 20 minutes. I found myself in this predicament soon after taking up my position of Head of Mathematics at my last school. Here I was about to engage in my first public speaking performance on the subject of Mathematics. What could I say, as the new…

Natural Limitations of Mathematics

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Scientists, particularly Physicists and others regard Mathematics as the final proof of anything. It is commonly held that once a proposition is able to find some mathematical argument in its support, it is deemed proved and settled for good. Physicists have even invented the term “Mathematical-logical derivation and elevated it to the level of gospel truth. The current cosmic view held by Physicists is a glaring example of where mathematical-logical derivation can lead to, if applied in interpretation of natural events, without due consideration of natural limitations of Mathematics. The current cosmic view in Physics has its origin in two…