December 11, 2018

Maths is fun (sometimes)

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What does to mock mean? And what is a scorn?
Read this article from The Guardian and improve your English.
Mathematics is seen by many as hard, boring or both. But evidence suggests that a love of maths is no barrier to fun and humour.


In my secondary school, one of the maths teachers had a sign in his window saying “Maths is Fun”. Of course, we often mocked this on a regular basis; we were adolescents and therefore knew everything, so poured endless scorn on the claims of teachers with the worldly cynicism of 14-year-olds.

But what a ridiculous concept! Maths is fun? What next, blood is yellow? Trees are aggressive? Carpet burns are relaxing? Some of my classmates even put up a sign in the classroom opposite which said “History is Funner”. I’m 95% sure this was a deliberate joke, not a damning indictment of the school’s educational standards.

I never did maths A-level. My friends who did found it difficult but rewarding (I think they probably tried to tell me but I zoned out because it was a conversation about maths and therefore boring). But I did do physics, and found I had a bit of a knack for mechanics, to the point where I started to like it. It’s weird to go from being essentially a maths denier (a “matheist”?) to someone who actually started to like it.

Fast forward to the present day, I’m currently reading Simon Singh’s latest book The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, an entertaining and sometimes disconcerting book that details how the writers of The Simpsons have actually included countless high-brow maths references in the show, on account of how many of the main writing staff have advanced maths degrees.


Article by Dean Burnett
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What does it mean? Click and find out!

to mock (v) to make someone or something look stupid by laughing at them
scorn (n) a feeling that someone or something is not good enough to deserve your approvalor respect
rewarding (adj) giving you satisfaction, pleasure, or profit
to zone out (v) to lose concentration or become inattentive
knack (n) a clever, expedient way of doing something
high-brow (adj) of, relating to, or being highly cultured or intellectual:


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