In English, we often drop the subject of a phrase, such as in these signs:
Who are these signs written for? It's really *You, stop* or *You, yield* or *You, be alert for bears* (I'm not doing it).
After internalizing a language, we can take hints without explicit instructions. But, to put it politely, math isn't usually well-internalized.
Let's get clear about who the "math signs" are referring to.
I had another great chat with Nasos Papadopoulos on the wonderful MetaLearn podcast. Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity has many consequences, including the famous equation E = MC² (Energy = Mass x Speed of Light²) and the notion that space and time are relative (observers can have different experiences of how large something is, or how much time elapsed).
Learning isn’t about memorizing facts to pass a test. It’s about unlocking the joy of discovery when an idea finally makes sense. If this approach resonates with you, welcome aboard.
About Kalid Azad
I enjoyed math until a poorly-taught class nearly destroyed that passion. A last-minute Aha! moment showed me math could make sense, even be enjoyable, when presented with:
A friendly, curious attitude
A mix of intuitive and technical understanding
A focus on lasting insight
I share explanations that helped, hoping they help you too. I’m thrilled that BetterExplained now reaches millions every year, and has appeared in blogs for the New York Times and Scientific American. Read more…