Don’t Hate Math

I didn’t take any math courses in college. It wasn’t required because I managed somehow to pass the basics in high school. I was relieved; I wasn’t good at math. But I didn’t hate it. A lot of people do, and I understand.

Here Edward Frenkel exhorts us to be curious about math, not to hate it, because human life is abstract and becoming more so. And math, he says, is the key to abstraction.

Funny. I would have said the key to abstraction is poetry. But that’s why I write and don’t do math. Still, he’s right about curiosity: tolerance for all manner of thought is essential to freedom and happiness.