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The Power of Math

By Richard Gosselin

There is no doubt that most intelligent people would recognize that a literate public is necessary for a prosperous and well-functioning society. But when it comes to the question of whether it is necessary that that same public be numerate my bet would be that there wouldn’t be as much agreement. How many of us of heard not only from our own children but even from grown men and women that they are just “not good at math?” There seems to be an obvious dichotomy here. It’s a public scourge to be known as illiterate, but it seems to be in fashion to claim that one is not good at math. A good case can be made that this notion is not only unfashionable, but it is also not conducive to a good life in a free society. Let me offer a few examples to illustrate the point. Continue reading The Power of Math